We have had this one camping trip to look forward to with my sister, Jessica and her family all summer long and it finally, finally arrived. It’s really the only thing we’ve had on the calendar this summer and my kids have been dying in anticipation as they’ve counted down to our little trip. Last weekend came and after a bunch of work on my part, we packed up and headed north to beautiful Island Park, Idaho.
Apparently, the most memorable trips are the ones where everything goes wrong. Let me just say that we will never forget this trip!!
It all started out with my sister’s van breaking down before we even made it to the mountains. We had to do some major shuffling around of kids and cars in order to make it to our campground. Jeremy and I took our car load of kids on to the mountain while my sister and her husband turned around to take their car to an auto shop and borrow a car from an amazingly generous friend.
While we were waiting for my sister and husband to show up, I set up tents while Jeremy took the kids down to the dock to explore. My cute blonde niece slipped on the dock and took at gash out of her teensy little legs. She described it as looking like a fish fin and when I got a good look at it, it certainly did. It was a shallow but large flap of skin cut from her leg. While we were standing around her debating if it needed stitches, Emma came up to me and told me she was dizzy and not feeling very good. She looked a bit faint to me so I pointed to a camp chair and told her to go sit down. On her way to the chair she started falling on top of Jeremy. He, not knowing she was feeling dizzy, tried to stand her up straight. Her jello legs couldn’t hold her very well and she almost toppled to the ground. I had to grab her and set her in the chair. It’s the first time Emma’s ever been queasy around blood but I know where she got it from… Jeremy’s whole family gets light headed around blood.
That was just the beginning. During that first day, we had incident after incident of injury. Boys fell on bikes. Knees got scrapped up. Chins bonked. Horse flies bit. Blood sucking leaches were were pulled off legs. There where migraines and stubbed toes. Even I slipped on some loose dirt while holding Sam and had to sacrifice my knee to stay upright.
Despite all the wild events of the day we were still able to have a good time.
These two cousins love each other soooo much!
Here is my little Motorboat who took so naturally to the water. These Kayaks were so fun.
Sam slept 8 hours that first night (because he was so exhausted from crying in his car seat that day) but unfortunately my nephew did not. He woke up in the night with an awful pain in his leg as a result of a fall on his bike that day. It was so painful for him that in the morning my sister and her husband had to take him to the ER. After hours of xrays no ones quite sure what’s wrong. Could be a muscle cramp or pulled muscle or even a hair line fracture… Either way, Jessica had to go home with my nephew and her husband returned alone. So sad for me not to be able to spend time with my sister.
While they were gone we managed to entertain the kids on our own. We took turns on the kayaks and motorcycles, went to Big Springs to see the huge fish, ducklings and moose that live there, and grabbed some ice cream at Macks Inn and waited out a massive down pour.
On our last and final morning, those of us who were still at camp were determined to have a good time. We loaded up the kids and the kayaks and managed to pull off two successful float trips down a gorgeous section of Henrys Fork of the Snake River. It was so beautiful and relaxing. We saw lots of Pelicans and Great Blue Herons. We also saw a pair of King Fishers and even a Bald Eagle soared right over our heads.
While packing up back at camp we joked that this trip had been cursed. Perhaps it was the campground (McCrae Bridge) that was cursed. Either way we’ll never forget this trip!