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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

4th of July!

This year, we decided to join up with the Atkins for a camping/4wheeling trip! Big change from the rest of the weekends this summer I know! ;)
This trip was spectacular! Perry's family camps every year in the mountains above Beaver (where he is from). We joined up with their little reunion and camped with them on Big Flat - which is simply breathtaking! Beautiful grassy meadows tucked away in the mountains - up about 10000 feet. There are lots of ATV trails to enjoy too! The camping is so neat there because there are so many trees and different areas to camp that it is quite secluded and peaceful.

This is what it looked like. AMAZING!!!

When I say camping, I mean, all the Atkins brought RVs and we stayed in a suite in a hotel there in Beaver (30 minute ride down the mountain) every night. After 4wheeling every day, it was just too tempting and comforting to have a shower and a bed to sleep in every night. It was also very nice because Joe's mom came! I hope she had fun. She just hung out with Perry's parents while we went on our rides. I don't think she minded though because we always came back so dirty!

We enjoyed all the fun of camping though - fabulous camping meals - foil dinners, cobbler, marshmallows and hot dogs cooked over the fire. We enjoyed lots of sitting around and finding wood. We also enjoyed long walks to the bathroom ;)

It was great to spend time with Joe's mom and also the Atkins! It was great to get to know more of his family! Yay for another weekend enjoying the mountains!
Aaron was promoted/demoted to driving my ride because we returned his crappy one. A promotion because it is a huge machine and he gets to drive it. A demotion because he has to chauffer me around as I do not yet trust him to NOT go too fast and fall down ravines (because he actually almost kills me at least once every ride).
Joe and his mom!
Maleah loves to pose for pictures. So does Hoyt. Although, he is the cutest little thing you have ever seen!!!
BOYS!
Big John's Flat - we couldn't go any further due to "spring" runoff...

Nate decided to try to pierce his ear on a log. He thought he could balance and/or do log rolling like a lumber jack... I don't think he accomplished what he wanted. For DAYS this ear was black and blue and swollen - goose egg even behind the ear too... should I have taken him in for a CT scan?
The Atkins and the fire - yes, it was cold and we all very much appreciated our jackets and the fire.
A lake up there... think it was cold?
Do you see Joe? Some of the trails were pretty intense. So intense that I kicked Aaron to the back seat to drive myself. Thought I was going to fall off a cliff...
Our Family picture... We were all smiling I promise! ;)

Surprise! Nate fell asleep!
This was our camping spot. How beautiful was this?
The Atkins... and Joe waiting patiently for breakfast. Maleah, check out your legs. Seriously.

3 comments:

Lindsay and Mike said...

Looks like fun! I'm with you on the hotel thing. I can handle just about everything...as long as I can take a shower & sleep in a comfy bed when I'm done. :)

Nate and Steph Payne said...

just so you know, all your posts look exactly the same. you and your family on some quad in the wilderness. your such a granola. can't wait to see you next week. love ya!

Sarra said...

It just cracks me up that Nate can fall asleep like that!

... and ps - my verification word to comment is nizate. it's funny cuz it's how you would rap nate's name...or something.