Hurricane Odile hit Baja California over a week ago doing signifigant damage to Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, both cities that we spent time in while cruising Mexico. Club Cruceros of La Paz has a GoFundMe site set up to help local sailors recover from the devastating loss to the Maritime Commutiy there. To help the people of Mexico directlly as they recover, we suggest donating directly to the Red Cross.
Our thoughts are with the sailors who lost their lives in this hurricane, one of whom we knew personally, and to those who lost their boats (and homes) and are rebuilding.
Last month we loaded the girls up on a fine Friday afternoon and headed east towards the mountain to Green Valley Falls. Three years previously we met our friends Ella, Gray, and their baby, Wes, to camp at the same location. I love comparing then and now to see the kinds of changes that can happen to your life in such a short time period.
This time around each family had two kids instead of the one. Cora and Wes are four days apart and are currently four years old. Lyra and Miles are six months apart and were 17 months and 11 months, respectively, at the time we went camping in August.
Flashback: Wes and Cora corralled at 11 months in June 2011.
This time it was Lyra, at 17 months, that was occasionally corralled in the Pack-N-Play. Her buddy Miles was either up in the Ergo, up in arms, or causing mischief, as was Lyra...
Lyra loved to hang out with the big kids as much as possible:
And when she wasn't hanging out big kid style, she was hanging out with mom, because Lyra and I are like THIS, man.
This time, like last time, we took a walk down to the actual falls the location is named after. In this short video from three years ago you can see there was actually running water in 2011 (bonus: hello Eric's muscles). Three years later, the long-standing drought in Southern California was evidenced by a complete lack of falls and only a couple pools of murky, woodsy water.
Flashback below: Eric and Gray babywearing back in the day, circa 2011 :)
And the whole lot of us in 2014 either babywearing or ushering children underfoot:
Cora and Wes had a ton of fun playing together:
But then again, they always do.
When I saw this photo of them, I had a mom heart-melt moment. Because it was the exact pose they sat in for their first birthdays at the beach three years previously:
Flash back to :heart melt:
All children love Ella. She gets them to take goofy pictures like this:
Those cheeks! MUST.SQUEEZE!!
At this point I'm just going to admit that we are all goofy:
A special thanks to Sandee, Frankie, and Mele for letting us borrow camping gear. Camping gear that let us eat meals like this:
Sheepherder's Breakfast in a Dutch Oven. Inspired by this post at www.wildinkpress.
Now that we are back in the rat race and the long trek of lots of work to save for another boat, we don't get to see much of Eric like we used to. On camping trips like this I soak up spending time with him and love that the kids get to hang out with their dad too:
Eric snuggling Lyra, 17 months old, August 2014.
Flashback to Eric snuggling Cora, 11 months old, June 2011.
Which of course led me to this:
Flashback to Cora, Eric, and Charlotte ~ June 2011.
And now Lyra, Eric, and Charlotte ~ August 2014.
The only bummer about the camping trip was that we had to cut it short. The weather started out lovely but by the second day the rain started and wouldn't let up. That was good news for thirsty SoCal, but bad news for camping with little kids.
So we packed the kids up a day early and headed home. Cora and Wes now "hate the rain because it ruined camping." And Cora will remind you of this and that she, "USED to love the rain, mom, but not now. Oh no."
All clean and completely tuckered out from their camping adventure, which of course reminded me of:
Flashback to Cora all cleaned up and totally konked out from her first camping adventure too.
Here's to more camping adventures while we are land locked!