Ethan’s First Camping Experience

Strawberry Wilderness
Strawberry Wilderness in eastern Oregon

Last week, we packed up the Subaru and made our way to eastern Oregon where we experienced three days/two nights of wonderful eastern Oregon beauty. Personally, I find eastern Oregon to be more enriching and exciting than western Oregon. Laura is more keen to the coast and Ethan just goes with the flow.

Prior to our departure, we purchased our first family tent; the Sierra Design Bedouin Annex 4+2. This tent proved to be a great tent that allowed Ethan to roll around without getting too dirty. In addition, we bought a Coleman queen size air mattress. Oh yeah! I love my backpacking air mattress pads, but we’re car camping. If we have the room then throw it on in.

We camped at Strawberry Campground on the Malheur National Forest. The trailhead to Strawberry Lake is located here. The lake lies in the Strawberry Wilderness and is a beautiful sight. We did a 5-mile hike to the lake and base of Strawberry Falls where Laura and I enjoyed them, but Ethan slept the entire time we were there.

Overall, it was a great trip for the family. We look forward to going out again, but perhaps when Ethan is walking around. Enjoy the photos.

Death Valley National Park Trip [Graphic Photos]

Last week, a few friends and I went camping in Death Valley. For those who have not been there, you are missing out on a wonderful experience. This time of year offers the perfect climate, wildflowers, and scenary. We camped in Saline Valley near some hot springs. Our first day was spent in the hot springs and hiking around. It’s a gorgeous area that offers a variety of hiking on and off trail options. The second day was spent at the hospital and then driving home.

As you can see in the pictures below I ran into some trouble while removing the pit from an avocado. The knife slipped and caused a little laceration on my right pinkie finger. It didn’t hurt at first, but the pain settled in within an hour. Thank goodness the hospital was only three hours away and not four. I will have surgery on Monday to repair the nerve I cut. Good times, good times.

Just arriving, taking a pee break.

Pee break
Pee Break at Death Valley.

Saline Valley

Saline Valley at Death Valley National Park
Saline Valley at Death Valley National Park

Ooops! It’s just a flesh wound.

Sliced finger
Sliced finger. Ouch!

Cleaned up.

Looking better
Stitched up!

All better, well kind of.

Hand bandaged up
Hanging out at Mono Lake

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