Our annual fishing excursion to the Duck Valley Indian Reservoir signals a sort of waking from a winter long hibernation of outdoor activity. It marks the first camping trip of the season, and definitely not the last. This year was all the same as the past and also quite a bit different, with a baby in tow. Especially with a baby who just wanted to get down in the dirt and stuff handfuls of rocks into her mouth. What stayed the same, is that it gets cold and WINDY. It’s also proven that the fishing can be really good (unfortunately Chase and I didn’t have the greatest of luck in this catergory this year). Starting our camping season at Sheep Creek, in my opinion, is the best way to begin. If it is possible to weather the storms and winds of Sheep Creek, any other outdoor adventure will be a breeze in the following warmer months!
Last week we got back from a long weekend in Texas with family. We made some good memories playing with cousins, visiting great grandma and grandpa, hanging out with aunts and uncles, and winning over the hearts of “Ama and Papa” (although I’m sure their hearts have already been won!). I always come home reminded that Boise is now where I belong but with a little ache and hole in the heart for the friends and family left behind in the South!
We celebrated a late Christmas with everyone while we were down there. My little nephew, Miles, just couldn’t wait to open the presents and I’m pretty sure he ripped the corner off every wrapped gift in anticipation. That child cracks me up!
Speaking of nephews, I have to share a story on Mile’s brother, AJ because I want to be able to look back and be reminded of this little gem of a memory. The day we got into town, my sister picked us up at the airport and so we got to tag along on picking up AJ from school that afternoon. He didn’t know we would be in the truck and he got a big grin when he saw us. As we were riding along back to his house, he pipes up, “Aunty Lana! I love you!” My heart just melted! Nephews are pretty sweet.
And even sweeter was to see Lucy playing with her cousins. Miles had a bit of a competitive attitude towards Lucy but AJ just loved playing and reading to her. The trips have sure changed to see family, and are continuing to do so now with my brother and his wife expecting this month!
Last weekend we went to Sun Valley to watch the Trailing of the Sheep. It was perfect Fall weather and such a relaxing little getaway!
Saturday we wandered around Ketchum for some shopping then ventured over to Hailey to see the booths and grab some food. Sunday we watched the actual trailing of the sheep through town- on our way in, we passed a hill side where all of the sheep were hanging out, which was a neat glimpse before the actual event! Then when they made their way down the mountains, we watched them traipse down Main Street. Seeing 1,500 sheep run through a town like Ketchum was pretty ironic! And the sheep dogs at work were incredible to watch.
There are so many great rental houses and hotels to stay at in the Sun Valley area but in my opinion the best option is to camp. We stayed in the motor home and it was so nice to be out of the cool temps when needed but have the option to bundle up and sit by the campfire too. Lucy did so great for the trip- we tried out her winter fleece suit for the first time and she seemed to stay toasty warm in the cool Fall temperatures.