Monday, July 13, 2015

Weekend Update - Camping and Thomas the Train

Ryder and I had a fun little weekend planned.

Stewart was scheduled to work on Saturday, so we decided to tag along with my parents on a camping trip to Riffe Lake, near Mossyrock. My parents recently traded in their motorhome for a new trailer, and we were excited to try it out for the first time.

After several weeks of temperatures in the 90s, I was simultaneously relieved and bummed out to see the semi-dreary forecast for our little getaway. Of course, things like clouds and rain don't bother little kids, so Ryder had a blast regardless.

We got the last available campsite in the whole place, which meant it wasn't the most incredible, but luckily we were right across from a big grass field and just a stone's throw away from the lake. Check out the new truck and new trailer (plus two scooters hidden behind the tent)! Riffe Lake is surrounded by miles of trails, waterfalls, and scenic lookouts, and we had fun scooting around scoping things out.

It really doesn't take a lot to entertain a child. Give him a sandy beach and he's happy for hours...

Making his mark on the new trailer.

Camping with a toddler is easy as long as you have the right equipment. I absolutely love this portable high chair that collapses down to basically nothing. It attaches easily to campground picnic tables.

Hanging out with Grandpa, Uncle AJ, and Morgan (and avoiding one of the intermittent rain showers).

Swinging with Nana — his favorite!

Seriously, Ryder is in love with rocks, sand, and dirt. He'll spend an afternoon just working on moving a pile of pebbles from one location to another...

We were so excited to let Ryder try out this new floatie, even though the weather wasn't as hot as we had anticipated. Luckily my little water baby didn't mind the cold at all. He did, however, insist on bringing his rock along in the water.

Everyone pitches in at camp! Ryder was such a good helper assisting Uncle AJ and Morgan with the dishes.

Christening the bathtub in the new trailer. It's just the right size for this dirty little boy!

This is such a cool campground! I definitely encourage you to check it out if you're in the area.

Ryder made friends with some other campers and spent one afternoon practicing his bean bag toss skills. He's almost good enough to take on Daddy now...

We headed home around bedtime on Saturday night so that we could spend the day as a family on Sunday. We had tickets to a Day Out with Thomas the Train at the Northwest Railway Museum. It included the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, up to Snoqualmie Falls. We also enjoyed pizza and ice cream, games and activities.
Despite this photo, I promise Ryder had a good time.
First train ride with Daddy.

 I originally thought that Ryder might be a little young to appreciate the event (and we really just decided to attend because a bunch of other firefighter families were going), but we all ended up having so much fun!

How was your weekend?
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  1. Awww... Looks like SO much fun! Ryder is getting so big!!

  2. We have yet to take the kids camping even though we bought all new camping year! We must do it before the summer ends. You guys had a great setup with tent, trailer, and sit-down tent to hide from the rain. Glad everyone had a great time! When J was really into trains, we thought about taking him to see Thomas but timing never worked out. Glad you got to go!

  3. What a great little camper! That high chair sounds amazing!!

  4. Sounds like a great weekend! :) Ryder definitely always looks like he's having fun!


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