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Our one and only camping trip this year was to Round Lake for our annual camp with friends trip. It was a lot of fun, even if I slept poorly. We forgot the pillows. And I took close to no photos with the exception of the ones below of Maeve playing with fire. We got in a lot of really fun lake time and everyone had a wonderful time!

Gotta catch up on the old blog! First things first, on Thursday, we became licensed foster parents and on Friday evening we welcomed our first placement, a little boy. He's sweet and I feel like I'm in over my head but also like we have a handle on this too? I dunno, it's really strange to have a child dropped off at our house who we don't know. Lots of kisses, hugs and cuddles around here!

Right after we arrived home from camping at the Fire Lookout, we showered, re-packed and went camping in Idaho with friends. It was lovely. Just what I wanted!

This may well be the highlight of our summer. I booked a night at the Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout in Mount Spokane State Park and Holly, Greta and I went on a little trip just the three of us. We had to hike in, which was so fun, and the kids did great! The fire lookout has an incredible view and the terrain up there was so pretty and interesting. We played a ton of games, ate jiffypop and watched the sun set and woke up early in the morning. It was a pretty glorious trip! I had so much fun playing and being with my daughters. This was a surefire momma victory. The cherry on top is all the huckleberries we picked!

On the morning of our last day, after we had packed up our car, we drove to the Grove of the Patriarchs and hiked the one mile loop through the old growth forest. It was pretty cool! A good chunk of the hike is boardwalk (love) and we had to cross a suspension bridge, which is always fun. This was a lovely way to close out a very fun trip. I'm dying to get some more National Park camping trip on our calendar. I'm coming for you Zion, Glacier, Olympic, Yellowstone, Arches...

We drove upwards to Paradise, which had a gorgeous visitor's center and all sorts of tourists. We checked in with a ranger to ask about the hike I wanted to do and away we went. There was a lot of snow on the mountain still and lots of wild flowers popping up. It was a stunning hike all the way and all the way down. This one was about 2.5 miles, with a 900' elevation gain. We hiked to the Glacier Vista and back down and made it a loop. It's the hiking that made this trip so worthwhile. Holly and Greta did so great doing 2 good sized hikes in one day.

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