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A much needed camping trip // {Wenatchee, Washington}

I don’t know about you, but sometimes we just feel the need to get away. Although we live close to the big city of Seattle, Jeff and I are country at heart. We are the happiest when we are camping, hiking, exploring, and enjoying the natural beauty that God created. Our cowboy boots line the edge of our bed, we have paintings of boots and trucks up on our wall, and country music make up two of our first presets in our car. Someday we hope to settle down on some land in a valley between mountains where you cannot hear the sound of the road. Until our hope can be made a reality, we find time in our busy lives to get away and pretend that time has come.

This past weekend we decided we were desperate to leave the city so we drove to Wenatchee as soon as Jeff got off work. I learned a valuable lesson while trying to find a place to camp. Lesson 1: if you decide to camp in the Wenatchee area during the summer you must book 6-9 months in advance or your chances are slim…luckily I got the last tent spot out of all the parks in Wenatchee. Lesson 2: If you decide to hike and camp you need a permit to do so (note for our next trip). Finally Lesson 3: Always call at least one person you know in the area that you are visiting to see what they are up to. We got to spend some quality time with some quality people and it really made the experience that much more valuable.

Noteworthy: We experienced Aplets and Cotlets in Cashmere for the very first time. We woke up and found two frogs hanging out by the side of our tent. We spent some time on our friends boat, got some valuable advice from fellow photographers and new friends, met a precious little baby, saw friends that are as close as family, and experienced a downpour during a heat wave. I thought for sure we would be pitching our tent in the rain since 95 percent of the times we have camped we pitched our tent in the rain or tore it down in the rain. Lucky for us, this time the rain went away and the sun dried up the grass. All in all it was everything we hoped it would be and more : )

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