Our second camping trip of the summer took us to Great Sand Dunes National Park. We arrived at the park on a Friday afternoon and set up the tent just in time for the rain to start. It only rained for a few hours and gave us enough time to check out the sand dunes before dinner. Apparently, we brought the one type of sled that doesn’t work for sledding down the dunes! Sorry boys! We will have to remember that for next time!
The next morning it was warm and sunny…the perfect day to hit the dunes. I decided to climb up the 699′ High Dune while the boys played in Medano Creek and Chris attempted to catch up on some reading in the shade. The hike up High Dune was one of the most difficult hikes I’ve ever done, but I made it. The view from the top was well worth it! While I was hiking, Henry was working on his Junior Ranger badge and is now sworn in to protect nature. We headed back to the campsite just in time for more rain to come. After it stopped raining, we headed over to do the Dunes Overlook Trail, which you can read more about on the boys hiking blog. We had just enough time to eat dinner before the rain started again. It quickly became clear that this rain was not going to let up. We finally gave up any hopes of sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows and headed to bed early. It pretty much rained all night!
We only stayed for two nights, but we could have easily stayed for longer. Well…I can say that now that we are home and dry.
The boys head out to the dunes
the creek growing after the rain
These sleds don’t work at the Dunes!
For scale: see Michelle and Cosmo at the bottom?
A beautiful morning!
Great Sand Dunes National Park
High Dune is the tallest one. Michelle is heading up there!
After our hike on Dunes Overlook Trail
Around the campfire
23,000 steps later!
View from the top!
From High Dune
I made it to the top of High Dune!
We just got back from visiting Aunt Tracy, Uncle Rich and cousin Elliott in Pittsburgh.
We don’t have fireflies in Colorado. They spent a lot of time chasing them in Pennsyvania
Steven & Henry
On the Duquesne Incline
At the Duquesne Incline
Me & Tracy
At Raccoon Creek State Park
At a fountain downtown
The boys in downtown Pittsburgh
Mining for gems
At the Science Center
Of course Steven finds a computer to play on…
Chris joined us for the last few days. At the Carnegie Institute
The boys fishing for the first time. Henry said it was boring…
…until he caught his first fish!
And his second!
Then the fun was contagious.
At the beach at Raccoon SP
At the beach
Canoeing at Raccoon Lake
This image pretty much sums up our trip as far as the boys are concerned!
Pictures from our first camping trip of 2014 at Spruce Grove Campground. This is easily one of the most beautiful campsites I’ve stayed at in Colorado. We were in site 24, which provided some shade. Most of the sites were very exposed and this campsite was PACKED. The walk-in sites looked amazing, but if you have a lot of gear, that walk to get to them might be a pain! It was freezing at night. There was a trailhead right in our campground, so you can read about the hike we did at our hiking blog: Kids Hike Colorado.
Spruce Grove Campground
Cosmo keeps watch
We are all sorts of gourmet while camping
Exploring the campground
Steven relaxes in the tent
Henry’s reaction when we say “no” to his request to try beer