annual gathering

once again, we gathered with my old grad school friends (not that we’re old! we’re young!) and their families for a weekend of camping fun, this time at mount rainier. we missed robin and her family but know we’ll lure them back next year.

our family had a night of camping on our own before colin and julia’s family arrived. sydney and quinn and parents arrived the next day. so we camped three nights total. three nights camping with zany, energetic, exploring tilly. the good news is that she and josephine love camping and were happy almost the entire time. the other good news is that they both slept great. the bad news? there really isn’t any bad news, other than the fact that we failed to get a group shot or a photo of all the kids. we did a few small hikes and did the beginning of some longer hikes, just happy to be out in fresh air and sunshine and shadow. the weather was lovely until the last few hours of our weekend, the mountain is amazingly gorgeous, and we were reminded of how lucky we all are to have such wonderful friends.

the people in the site next to ours for the first two nights were stellar acoustic guitar players. they pulled out their instruments in the evenings and played gentle, quiet music that floated over to our site while i sat outside the tent after putting tilly down to bed. it was the perfect soundtrack.

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One Response to “annual gathering”

  • Featherstone Farm Says:

    Recent book recommendations:
    Before the Wind by Jim Lynch
    LaRose by Louise Erdrich
    The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
    Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    It was good to see you and the girls back in Minnesota. Glad to see you made it safely home. We trust that Joey will have a wonderful school year and that “Scooter” will keep you running. Love from the farm.