America, That’s Why.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. – Thoreau

Cheers to another weekend in the books with good friends and my amazing little family. If I said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – we are meant to spend time outdoors. I am a different woman when I’m cooped up inside too long. And our family is a different unit when we take to the hills.

This weekend, we celebrated our independence below Medano Pass and along a gorgeous creek in a great campsite in Great Sand Dunes National Park, and I don’t think it could have been any better than.

We arrived at the park early on the 4th and as we pulled up to the fee both to purchase our annua pass, I realized I had never actually been a visitor in a national park on a holiday – only as an employee answering questions, pointing to restrooms, and highlighting trails on park maps. This Independence Day was different. Today, I take to the trail.

Our trip included reconnecting with old friends

DSC_4986-01::Vehicle prep with a view of the dunes::

DSC_4984-01::Airing down the Jeep::

DSC_4987-01::And the Taco::

DSC_5006-01::The route to the Preserve::

DSC_5001-01::Paul’s Toyota rollin over dunes::

DSC_5028-01::The trail features 8 stream crossings::

DSC_5041-01::Medano Creek – crossing #2::

DSC_5097-01::Looking forward to having a similar setup in the near future!::

DSC_5064-01::Hammock lounging..::

DSC_5068-01::Forest’s first Independence Day & third camping trip…this kid is a pro::

ENO lounging.jpeg::ENO has a killer rainfly and mosquito setup!::

DSC_5069-01::Cutthroat setup::

DSC_5084-01::Bug nets and rain flies make for a cozy hang out sesh with the Baby Forest::

DSC_5091-01::Keeping it dry ENO style::

DSC_5105-01::De-mousing with some wood smoke – he left the drain plugs out and had a visitor move in overnight::

DSC_5108-01::Coffee, friends, and a baby in a taco::

DSC_5116-01::Breakfast burritos::

DSC_5120-01::Bag focus, good coffee::

DSC_5124-01::What grows on your trees?::

DSC_5128-01::Hammock lounging::

DSC_5143-01::Packing up::

DSC_5151-01::Dependable rigs are critical to get up the Medano Pass road::

DSC_5163-01::Homebound::

 

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