(Biscuit created this swim suit cover up meets superhero cape thing)
Last week I got a bee in my bonnet that we had to go camping. We think of ourselves as a family that camps. Except that we haven't gone camping in over a year. A glance at the calendar revealed this would be the last free weekend for a while so despite Oscar having a stomach flu thing most of Thursday we packed up and headed out after work and school on Friday. It was a great decision. No crowds, perfect weather, cheerful children, no cell service (ie no distractions). It was a lovely weekend.
We went to Malakoff Diggins State Park, a location found via googling "camping close to the South Yuba River" and googling "places with available camping sites three days before you want to show up." After reading Ashley's posts about the swimming holes on the Yuba I really wanted to check them out. It was crowded on a perfect Saturday afternoon but were well worth the visit. Because we were at the River we missed the daytime programs at the park--a tour of the historic, near ghost town and a chance to pan for gold. But we did catch the evening ranger program where the kids pet native animal pelts and roasted marshmallows.
We also went on a little hike into town and cooked over an open fire and got really, really dusty so I think we checked all the camping boxes. Hopefully we can go again soon!