Bran driving with the pups!
Once we arrived we got out to find a place to set up camp! It was so beautiful there! There was snow on the ground so we needed to try to find a flat dry spot with some trees to block the breeze to set up camp! We found the perfect spot...but man carrying all of our stuff up and down the mountain where are camp was was killer! (Maybe we should not bring so much stuff next time!) Altitude sucks the life out of you! We stayed at an altitude of about 8500 feet. After everything was brought up to set up camp Bran put the tent together and I went around and gathered wood for the fire! It was about 43 degrees while we were setting up camp - just perfect! :o)
Our humble abode :o)
Gathering wood for the fire!
I was a wood gathering fool!
Maggie snuggling with Dad!
Me & my wilderness man!
Bundled up with the pups!
Roxi almost being caught on fire! AGAIN :O)
Roxi enjoying the morning!
Look at all the pretty trees!
Cleaning up after breakfast!
Maggie supervising my dish washing!
The puppies getting in touch with their wild side!
Roxi thinking about how she is going to get to the other side!
She stayed like this forever - so cute!
Lovin' the snow :o)
Brew supervising from dry land!
Maggie running along the stream!
Hurry up! Lets go!
The puppies caught dinner!
I ate my Wheaties!
Happy Valentines Day!
The Hawkins family foot prints :o)
Maggie & Bran finishing off lunch :o)
I am woman hear me ROAR!!
Smile Brandon :o)
Jess vs Wild :o)
Dad with his furry munchcans!
Mom with her baby puppies!
We hiked and explored for a good 4 hours and then headed back to camp to relax and take a little nap. The puppies were exhausted!! I don't think I have ever seen any of them that tired! They immediately found sun to dry themselves off and fell asleep! We all then moved into the tent to take a little nap, and woke up to the sound of some crazy blowing wind! After noticing that the wind was not dying down after a few hours and the temperature dropping significantly (it was pretty much freezing outside) we decided that we would go ahead and head home instead of staying another night! We decided not to stay because we were not going to able to start a fire to keep warm (due to high fire danger and the high blowing winds), and we did not just want to be trapped in the tent all evening and night freezing! We also knew that they were expecting a cold front, so we did not want to get trapped in snow in the Honda - not good! So we loaded everything up and headed back home! The puppies snored the whole way home! It was so cute to see them all snuggling in the back seat! We were all pretty stinky though so it felt good to take a shower when we got back! The puppies had to sleep in the sun room until I could give them bathes today because they were filthy!
Pooped to the MAX!
Our view on the way out of the forest!