McCall Winter Carnival

Even with short winters here in Boise, the season can get long for a warm-weather-lover like myself.  So having fun events to look forward to is imperative for me!  One of the fun events we like to plan to attend during the winter is the McCall Winter Carnival.  It’s a fun chance to get up in the mountains, walk around the little resort town sipping on hot cocoa or coffee, and enjoy the scenery.  There are always multiple snow sculptures to see around town, making just a simple stroll a fun adventure!

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Road Trip: Camping the Oregon Coast

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Last week was a quiet one here on the blog as we were enjoying family time at the Oregon Coast!  The majority of our time was spent camping at South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon.  We went to the aquarium, played on the beach, and ate fresh crab!

This road trip, the journey was just as much of a focus as the destination. We took our time driving and split it into two days each way, with a stop in Bend going and La Pine coming home (where we woke up to 30 degree weather!)  Spreading out the drive made road tripping much more enjoyable with a toddler, and we got to experience camping in more destinations and environments!

Trip Details:
Stay: Tumalo State Park, South Beach State Park, La Pine State Park
***All the campgrounds we stayed in were very nice and clean (hello flush toilets and hot showers!) 
Eat: Old St. Francis School (Bend), Brewer’s on the Bay (Newport), Mo’s Seafood & Chowder (Newport)
Do: explore Downtown Bend,Newport Aquarium, crabbing (the boys went out and caught us a crab dinner!), explore the Historic Bayfront in Newport (we got to see a bunch of seals here, which Lucy thought was intriguing!)

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Camping Near Ketchum

There is nothing better than camping in the summer. All the effort of prepping and packing the car up is made worth it while you’re cuddled into your sleeping bag in the morning with the brisk air surrounding you. But with kids… That effort is tripled it seems! We had grand plans of camping at least four or five times this season, but this last weekend marked our second trip!  Our first trip, which I blogged about here was so fun but we had the help of three other adults to watch Lou- without that we thought camping would be impossible!  But we braved the unknown and joined some friends of ours for a night of nature.  I was amazed at how much easier this trip was, with Lucy not even 2 months older!  She was happy to explore close by on her own and didn’t stick everything into her mouth. 

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