|The sun rises over Tent City 2012.|
|This year we had cool T-shirts designed by my cousin Megan|
We’ve attended almost every year since Elias was a baby (that year, I slept inside the cabin!). One year we had to scrap our plans because we totaled our car on our way out of town. This year, Steve wasn’t able to go because of his play performance schedule, but I didn’t want to miss it, especially since my brother and his kids were attending (they aren’t usually able to go because they live in Arizona).
|My brother's kids and my kids enjoying some quality cousin time at Tent City.|
The campout with my cousins and their children got me thinking about my earliest memories of time spent with Bill, Connie and their four kids – it should be no surprise that one of the clearest memories is of a joint family camping trip we took to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
I was about 5 at the time – old enough to remember it, but young enough that I was spared having to do any of the work, like portaging the canoes or setting up the tents.
|The camping cousins from left to right: Me, Kathy, Megan, Jimmy, Pete, Dan|
• We slept in a bunkhouse the night before setting out in the canoes, and I had to leave my favorite stuffed animal, Big Orange Dog, behind in our car.
• The water was so clear, you could see all the way down to the bottom of the lake.
• My cousin Megan was disgusted by the idea of using the primitive toilets, so she refused to go to the bathroom during the trip.
• My brother, who was a picky eater, refused to eat any of the dehydrated camp food we had packed and subsisted only on bread and peanut butter.
• I was afraid and thrilled at the same time to learn that bears had been spotted in the area where we camped.
|From left to right: my uncle Bill, me, Mom, Dad and my aunt Connie|
|My brother, Pete|
|My cousin Kathy, me (love the hat!) and my dad|
It makes me think of a John Muir quote that became a favorite of mine last fall when we visited Yosemite. The quote is from Muir's book, My First Summer in the Sierra, which was published in 1911, but is still timely and beautiful 100 years later:
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
Here’s to enjoying the rest of the summer and to quality time spent outdoors with family!
|This photo taken by my cousin Patrick needs no further description!|