Monday, July 13, 2015
Not being able to all get off the island together has made family trips a bit of an issue these last 2 years. I can be of split mind on the topic of family vacations...they are expensive and not always in the cards financially. And for us it has not been really practical the last few years with the combination of expense and kids ages and stages.
But what I do wholeheartedly think is families need to have fun together. And this is most important for me to remember. I can very easily get caught up in all I have to do, should do and want to do around the house. I need to laugh with these guys, and just hang out sometimes...which can be a challenge for me.
So...we decided to try for an off island camp trip. A trip I had to stay with everyone on...not sneek home for a shower. No camp cheating...the real deal!!
We got a little boat last fall when our priest died and the church had a silent auction for Father's boat and boat trailer...After Pete's eyes lite up in mass he immediately put a bid in ...$300. And by God's grace and Father Jim's blessing we got the boat.
It was very much a blessing and we have used that little boat SO much. I told the kids the only way we would be able to get a boat here in Alaska was if God dropped one in our laps..and He basically did!!
So...Pete wanted to take us to a cabin about 4 miles from town. He knew it would take some luck and a huge amount of work to make it happen...but we really wanted to try.
To actually get to the cabin Pete took 3 trips. One was just to land our gear there, then people were hauled in 2 separate groups. And another item that was with us all along the way... RAIN!! It really never let up. There was 100% chance of rain both Friday and Saturday. And it was accurate...
We made the best of it all. The kids were so excited and we were all together. We kept telling ourselves that this may be one of those trips more enjoyed when it is over...and I would have to say that is ABSOLUTELY true for me!!
I am proud of us for making it happen. We did it! I never left. We were wet...very very wet..and just a touch dirtier than I enjoyed. Definitely rookies when it came to gear we brought with us...neither Pete or I are big gadget people...we kind of just brought the minimal stuff we needed and for the most part it worked.
Not sure if I would say I LOVE camping..yet. I know that I would much prefer to not have it raining the entire time..but that goes for about everything ...I would always prefer less rain. But us all together...Pete taking care of us all and doing such a great job...I LOVED that.