“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Retta's First Camping Trip

A couple of weekends ago we decided it was high time to get into the Maine woods and pitch a tent, what with it being August and all! After much deliberation we chose to go camping at Sabao Lake, a place that my parents took my brother and I many times as a kid. My earliest memories of camping are from Sabao: catching my first fish, hanging over the side of the canoe in my orange life jacket letting my fingers skim the water trying to grab yellow pond lilies, digging giant holes in the sand and trying to jump across them with all the other camping kids, surviving a huge thunderstorm in our tent, picking and eating blueberries, and on and on. Anyway, it is a special place to me and I was excited to share it with Aaron and the girls. Over the years the campground got taken over by what we like to call the "hook and bullet crowd" for a bit, and while it still does not provide a solitary wilderness experience, it is a little quieter there now. At the very least, it was fun to go back and relive my childhood with my own girls. I realized it had been **GULP** 20 years since I'd been there! Retta turned out to be a happy camper, boding well for future trips. She slept swaddled up right next to me on a camping pad, and the only special baby gear we brought was her bouncy chair so we had a place to put her that was up off the ground. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend:

A view of the lake and the gorgeous canvas canoe my dad made us

Huckleberries = happy girl!

Handful of huckleberies

Retta sleeping in the bow of the boat

Hammock time!

Hammock full of important people

Happy Retta

Swimming- it was at least 90 degrees

Evening paddle

Morning in the tent

Retta meets Elmo for the first time

Putting huckleberries on her yogurt

Retta likes the rock tripe

Me and my girls, Retta trying to eat Rowan's hand

Rowan helps paddle

A frog! I'm not sure he was actually alive, but Rowan didn't seem to notice...

Our campsite

A purple and pink caterpillar!

Sister time

"I like camping!!"