grl 2018

I wish I had pictures! I wish I had a camera. But I don’t. Maybe someone will send me some pictures and I’ll add them later. What a fun couple of weeks!

Scott and I went up on July 25 and got a couple of great spots. He was in 30 and I had 31. I’ve always wanted to camp there because it has a huge boulder for kids to climb on and once in a while it has water in the stream bed to keep my chocolate milk cold. We got settled pretty quickly and had a good two days before others joined us. We ate together, read together and kayaked. He built a fire, which added to the ambiance and later went fishing down the road while I stayed in camp.

Oh wait . . did I say we got settled pretty quickly? Because I can’t really say it here… but it took a while to get a brand new tent up. Little bit of a slow learning curve on that one! It turned out to be a great tent with tons of room, tons of cool features, and tons of potential. Next year we’re going to put it up facing the correct direction and maybe get another floor for the outer card-playing room.

Diane came on Thursday the 26th. I saw her drive by and then didn’t see her until much later in the evening when we were walking around the campground. We got there just as she was finishing her set-up, and helped with her shade shelter and tarp. I worried about Diane being alone, but she seemed to fill each day with activities and reading.

Mikelle and Logan got there next [on the 27th] and they were in one of our all-time favorite spots, 29. It has the big stream running through it and lots of fun places to explore and play. They got their levitat up and two tents, a shade shelter, a card playing area with a shelter, and their two four-wheelers unpacked. Wait . . there’s more. They had bikes, stoves, kayaks [so grateful they hauled mine up!] a double stroller, 25 totes full of camping gear, clothes, food, etc. Holy smack ETC! Tracy and Richard pulled in later that evening and camped right next-door to them in 27, which is where I have camped 5-6 times in the last ten years. It’s where I broke my leg a few years back . . lot’s of scary memories for me each time I tried to navigate the slippery log between camp sites. They also brought ‘everything-camping’ with kayaks, totes, tents, shelters, stove, bikes, trailer, mattress, ETC, as well! I can’t imagine the job of packing, unpacking and packing and unpacking for those two families!

Other campers this year:
Spencer, then later, LaVar and Sandi
Stephen, Santina and Jax
Carol, Mike, then later, Jake, Beth and Lucy
Tami, Jaxon, Teryn, Jared and Taz, then later, John and Lila
Caleb, and girl Spencer [lol]
Paul and his family
George and Tammy
Sherri and one son
Mel and Renita visited two days

It was a whole lot of Smiths!

We went up on the Moose Gypsum road clear to the top and saw the Continental Divide, Wilderness Parking area near the campground, and most of the mountains around. It was a 4.5-5 hour trip on four-wheelers and ATV’s. I think there were about 6-7 vehicles and 15 of us. Lots of other people up there on the mountain with their own ATVs, as well. It definitely isn’t a place you could take a four-wheel truck very easily. It was a fun day and beautiful breath-taking scenery. When I got back off the mountain and looked up at it from the lower perspective, I was amazing that we went so far, that it was soooo high and that it looked like a sheer cliff drop-off from Wilderness Parking.

Highlights of the two weeks are:
Lots of Rook, Canasta, baseball, and Tami’s 9-square game
Lots of hiking up to the Natural Bridge, the upper lake
Walking around the campsite every morning [for exercise]
Fun at the bridge, lots of people jumping in
A couple of trips across the lake to “the rock”
“Bathroom rocks,” favorite place for kids 12 and under
Lots of rides on the four-wheelers
I read three books, Scott read four!
Two trips to Pinedale for various things
A couple of deer, four otters, tons of osprey, lol!
A couple of kayak trips down the river
Fishing almost every single day
Soooo much food and so many gourmet meals. Seriously!

It costs a lot of money, it is so much work to get ready and pack, and then the dirt road was the worse possible! [I might say that every year, but really . .] and then unpacking takes me 3-4 days . . but it is such a wonderful time and wonderful memories and wonderful experience seeing grandkiddos form life-long friendships . . it’s all worth it.

I loved forming some new habits of prayer twice a day, meditating, taking lots of prayer pauses, reading scriptures, thinking over life and it’s lessons, and soaking in the mountains. GRL truly is soul-drenching for me. It’s full of tradition, memories, peace, comfort, strength, family, letting-go, and rejuvenation.

Ahh, until next July!