I have been eagerly awaiting decent Oregon weather so I can get out in the woods to enjoy some camping. With my ready made camping vehicle, I can be on the go without much preparation other than food. It is so awesome to get in and go! I’ve been really excited to get out in nature and enjoy my beautiful Oregon. Let me tell you, I desperately need out of Portland these days! I enjoyed an extra long trip last weekend and this weekend I did an over-niter just because I can! Nature, beauty and primitive camping is not far from Portland. Less than a two hour drive brings me to the peace I want.
My lovely state did not disappoint! The weather was perfect both weekends. Last weekend I stayed at a new campground for me and this weekend I went to an old time favorite spot where I have been camping for years. Both spots brought me the calm solitude and connection with nature I love.
My sweet princess is not a fan of camping. Her first weekend she spent terrified and preferred the comfort of my lap or on the bed safe inside my rig. Even with friends she loved, being out and near the camp fire was much too scary for my little one. Freshly returned from my second camping trip of the season my little girl is exhausted. This time she was attacked by a dog much larger than her as we were taking a walk. Irresponsible pet owners did not have their dog leashed at their campsite. When we walked by, he ran out to us and attacked my baby. Thankfully, she has only minor physical injuries but she is now a skittish, terrified little thing. I certainly hope she gets back to her usual spunky happy self soon. My poor, sweet baby. That was a terrifying experience for us both.
We’re taking a couple weeks break from camping to enjoy other weekend activities, but we’ll be back at it again with more adventures and good food in store!! I’ve got some camping with dog experience behind me now so I think I’m more prepared for future trips. Every chance I get this coming season, I will be out in the great green of Oregon. If my plans lay out as I hope, this will be my last summer in Oregon so I am taking advantage of what my great state offers so close to home. (I’ll share more about this later!)
As my usual style, food is the center of attention for my camping adventures. Remember that raspberry sauce I wrote about not long ago? Here’s the same version with blueberries added. It made for a delicious pancake sauce this morning. There’s nothing like freshly made food in the great outdoors. It just tastes better! I added a dollop of plain coconut Greek style yogurt, which is actually quite sweet and not tart like typical dairy yogurts. The combination was fantastic! Add a steeping cup of fresh brewed java, a little fire to watch dance and this morning was divine!