Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bush Camping on July 4th

We took a little break from all the work that we have been doing with our imminent move to head into the mountains to camp over the July 4th weekend.



By the time that we found the perfect spot to camp, it was very late, and we ate a quick meal of hot dogs roasted over the fire, and went to bed.


In the morning, as we got up, we enjoyed our coffee around the camp fire, and some time in the Word! It is such a precious time to enjoy with the Lord while camping!  I always look forward to quiet mornings with a hot cup of coffee, and a crackling fire spending time in my devotions while the rest of the camp is sleeping.


After breakfast was cooked, we began to explore our camp site.  This was the first time we had camped here, and we were so excited to find this spot!  We call this "bush camping" where you camp basically out in the woods with no amenities at all, although we were close to this amazing creek.


The sound of the creek waters rushing over the rocks was so loud that it would put a large generator to shame!  As we explored around the water and rocks closer to the creek, we had to speak very loudly or even yell at each other over the roar of the water falling on the rocks!


The dogs thought they had just arrived in heaven.  They roamed around the campsite exploring the nooks and crannies of the rocks, and getting occasional drinks out of the creek.


This was not a campground, but simply state land with little camp sites snuggled into beautiful places.


To be able to enjoy all this beauty for free... without paying $$ to stay in a campground with hundreds of other people... oh it was so nice!


Of course, we were deep in the heart of grizzly and black bear country, as well as moose, mountain lion, coyotes and wolves.  But... we were prepared, with bear spray, our trusty rifle.. but most importantly, our dogs!  With their ears and noses constantly at work, we could count on them!


After we had explored around our campsite, and ate lunch, we went out to tour the state land with the dogs in our son's 4x4 truck.  There wasn't room for all of us inside his truck, so we "rednecked" it!  We put lawn chairs in the back of the truck so we could sit comfortably back there, as we rode around on the state land looking at the views.


The wildflowers were out in abundance! Such delicate winsome beauties these daisies were, as they graced the hills and valleys around us.


It was the middle of a very hot, bright sunny day, and not the best of times to get nice pictures... but you can see the beautiful purple-hued mountains to the north and west of us, and the amazing mountain lake stretched out for miles.


Breathtaking views!



The butterflies were out in abundance, grazing on the multitude of wildflowers growing on the hillsides.


Such beautiful creatures these little butterflies are!


Off in the distance we spotted smoke.  It was at least 20-30 miles from where we were, and did not appear to have black smoke, so we weren't concerned.  However, any kind of wildfire in this area is scary because we have had such a dry spring and summer, coupled with the extreme heatwave we have been experiencing.  We found out later that this fire is not of serious consequence, for which we are very thankful!


Roger enjoyed riding in the back of the pickup - his joy was contagious!


After our ride in the mountains, we drove down to the mountain lake and went for a swim.  I was wary of the water here, because I know it is usually very cold.  However, because we were all so hot after being out in the sun for several hours riding around, it felt wonderful to cool off in the amazingly warm waters of the lake!


The lake was full of boats, jet skis, and the beaches were lined with people enjoying the beautiful weekend.  It was impossible to get a picture without boats coming and going!


As we relaxed in the wonderful warm water, I couldn't help but keep looking at the beauty around me, and giving praise to the Lord in my heart for this beautiful world He created for us to live in.  It makes my heart sing with joy and thankfulness for His many, many blessings to us!



Back at the camp we enjoyed grilled steaks that had marinated all day and were just the perfect ending to a beautiful day!


Annie had gotten her share of quite a few pieces of steak, and while we were cleaning up... this is where we found her!


The next morning, I was able to get up early enough to take these gorgeous pictures of the creek we were camping next to.


Oh the joy of watching and listening to the water as it sang and danced its way downstream...



Such beauty to enjoy on this beautiful morning!






Annie enjoyed her view perched on the banks just watching the water with me!


However, it was time for me to cook up breakfast for all the hungry stomachs... there is nothing like a hearty breakfast around a campfire!


Soon it was time to pack up and head home.  As we were leaving, we visited another part of the beautiful lake and enjoyed the beautiful white sandy shores, and turquoise waters.



It was such a beautiful day to be here, and although we didn't have time to go swimming, I did take my shoes off to go wading in the cool waters.



A huge uprooted tree worn smooth by the lapping waves through the years...


Glimpses of beautiful wildflowers growing along the lake...


Their bright beautiful purple colors a gentle contrast to the greens and blues surrounding it...

Finally it was time to go home, and we all were ready to enjoy a hot shower after unloading the camper, putting away the food, and all the general clean up that comes after a weekend of camping! Because we were out in the back woods, this year we did not celebrate with fireworks due to safety concerns, yet our hearts were very grateful and thankful to be living in this beautiful country which the Lord has blessed so abundantly.  I pray that people begin to appreciate the many blessings that we enjoy here, instead of taking them for granted.

I hope that each one of you had a blessed and safe 4th of July weekend.

God Bless America!




28 comments:

  1. What a wonderful camping trip! Great pictures--good eats---wonderful roaring water----a campfire---and tuckered out dogs- You did good!!! lol xo Diana

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    1. Yes, indeed it was such a beautiful camping trip! We wished we had planned to stay longer after finding such a wonderful site to camp at! Hope you had a wonderful 4th as well :)

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  2. Breathtaking photos! I always enjoy your trips that you share with us on the blog....the photos are almost like being there in person.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the trip with us through my pictures... it is hard to really capture the beauty of a place with the camera though! Thank you so much for your visit today :)

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  3. That looks like so much fun and so relaxing! The photos are gorgeous!

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    1. It was a wonderfully fun time, and very relaxing! Hope you had a great 4th as well :)

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  4. The key to contentment and 'making do' is when our hearts our raised in thanksgiving to our Maker. So happy for you my friend! Your heart is beautiful.

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    1. Indeed, I can't help when being outside in the beautiful world the Lord created, without feeling so small and humbled by the beauty and majesty of our Creator! My desire is to bring the Lord glory for the beautiful handiwork of His creation! Appreciate you too very much, and always enjoy your very poetic and inspiring posts :)

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  5. That sounds like an amazing getaway, a true adventure in absolutely gorgeous surroundings!

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    1. Yes, it was wonderful adventure! I love camping trips like this one, and we hope to do it again soon... after we get moved in, lol!

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  6. Oh, those views!!!! Such natural beauty created by the hands of a loving God Who delights to watch us take delight in His creation! So thankful you had a wonderful weekend and holiday. :) The dogs look so sweet, and the food looked yummy, too. God bless you, sweet friend.

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    1. Oh, the views were breathtaking. I couldn't stop taking pictures of them, hoping to capture some of the beauty we were witness to. It was a lovely time, and so refreshing! Appreciate your visit here today, and glad that your 4th was enjoyed as well! :)

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  7. You are so blessed to live in such a place!
    What stunning photos you took! I LOVE the ones of the creek! I'm amazed at how you captured the water running over the rocks!
    You inspire me with your appreciation of God's goodness.
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. Oh thank you Debbie... I have so much to learn, but just playing around with the camera out in this beautiful country is such a joy. I hope to bring the Lord glory for the majestic creation He created just for us to enjoy! Capturing the water running over the creek was actually much easier than it looks. You just get your exposure settings right for the light that you have, and then put the camera on a tripod, and set the shutter speed to at least 1 or 2 seconds. It has to be on a tripod to capture the moving water. There are several youtube videos that show how to do this as well (youtube is a great resource for learning how-tos!) But, I think you are doing great with your pictures as well, and sometimes we are hardest on ourselves :) Appreciate you stopping by today!

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  8. That looks like a great spot to camp in. I bet the sound of the water is relaxing. They always are.

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    1. It was so lovely to camp here! We loved hearing the sound of the water :)

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  9. Wow.... what a gorgeous place! It looks amazingly peaceful there. Your babies certainly looked tuckered out after their adventure ;)

    Oh and thank you for the cornbread recipe. I pinned it for later.

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    1. Yes, we certainly had a marvelous time, and the sound of the water was amazing. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting :)

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  10. Hi, What a wonderful camping trip. We have always "tent" camped, but hubby and I are getting to the point(maybe it's just me)where an RV or trailer, even a pop up, sounds so much nicer. What a beautiful area. Here in Colorado our skies have been so hazy with all the smoke from the fires up north. I am a new follower and don't know what breed your other dog is-I recognized you husky, but can't pinpoint your other one. Maybe I'll go back through posts and see. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your area. Glad you have dogs that alert you to wildlife; I've heard that many of the normal food sources for bears are not to be found this year, so bears are on the lookout for careless humans.
    Hugs, Noreen

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    1. Thanks so much for coming over for a visit, and indeed, we love to bush camp, but usually do so in our truck camper, which is pretty handy for getting back into the woods! Certainly this year is going to be a difficult year with the wildlife losing their homes to wildfires and the lack of food too. I always keep our dogs with me when in the woods for sure. Appreciate your visit!

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  11. What a wonderful trip,you are surely blessed to live in such a beautiful place.I love the pictures of the creek...they turned out perfect.The lake looks like a great place to cool down.Thanks for taking us with you to such a charming landscape.
    Take care.
    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures! It is such a special place up there to camp, and we are blessed to live so close! :) Thanks for your visit!

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  12. What a beautiful place. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. Happy Weekend.

    Hugs,
    ❤️Ana

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    1. It was so wonderful, I am wishing we could go back again very soon, but we have so much going on with our new home, that it will be a while before we can. Appreciate your visit so much :)

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  13. It looks and sounds like you had a perfect July 4th celebration. I love your photos, especially the water falling over the rocks. You captured it beautifully. It reminds me of my husband's painting of Jim Creek near Ward, Colorado. Enjoy your weekend, my friend. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. It was a perfect way to spend the 4th! I had fun playing with my camera, and the settings to capture the water movement. Your husband's painting sounds marvelous! We have so much work to do with our new home, but I would still love to go back there once more this year, and camp. We'll see... :) Thanks for your visit!

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  14. Camping is always fun, but in such a beautiful location! Lucky you.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. It was so amazing, and I'm glad for the relaxing time we had! Thank you for your visit :)

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