Now I have to mention before I go on that we backpack a lot, or did before children and have done with the first baby so its not out of the ordinary and we are confident in our skills. That being said babies are unpredictable and you can never plan for them completely. But we got lucky!
Getting ready to hit the trail
Hiking with my babies
We came accross a beautiful little beach and swimming hole
Eleanor started rock climbing! And Daddy showed her how to slide down rocks into the water.
After a nice swim we hiked to our camping spot just in time for a late afternoon rest, where I discovered Eleanor can unzip a tent! Not the most successful rest, but relaxing all the same.
Instant brown rice, curry spices, coconut flakes, pouch of chicken with sliced almonds on top!
Kitchen with a view!
And a little flat bread to go with it!
For the rest of you who really want the nitty gritty how to make this possible I will include our packing list at the end of this post.
She had a live mobile of leaves and butterflies, with real running water sound track, what more could a baby ask for!
Diaper change! She loves to smile at whoever is changing her! Now off to bed.
We all piled into out two man tent, smaller than a full size bed, and the fun part started! Our two year old always sleeps alone so being with us was all together too much excitement. So after much effort we gave in and played sesame street from my tablet, not the reason I brought it mind you and she never uses it but for last case scenarios and this was one. Baby did great, slept above my head, woke at 5 or so to eat as usual, but so did Eleanor, and she did not go back to sleep. Between 10 and 5 I slept well! A one night trip is just right for everyone!
View with breakfast.
After an early start both girls took a nap after breakfast and Daddy found a nice spot to read.
A little cuddle interrupted my book.
Our camp site
Lunch time swim
Everyone sitting on a rock in the middle of the river
Mama eating lunch "in peace" haha
And right before we left to head home one of the many butterflies that had been watching flying around us landed on my nalgene! Amazing, it let us get right up close. Most of the butterflies we had been watching all week actually, were bigger but this one, but it was so intricate, perfect, small and marvelously made it reminds me of Hazel Grace. Small and easy to miss but the most precious of all.
Packing list for the few of you who care! :-) You know who you are!
All into two packs, and not super heavy when we were done either
REI half dome tent
one queen duvet cover, we slept in it like a big sleeping bag as it was warm enough not to want sleeping bags, 60 maybe 55 at the closest at night.
One fleece blanket over us all, Eleanor between our legs over the duvet and under the fleece.
One swaddling blanket for baby
One warm (fleece for the kids) and one cool set of clothes each, we slept in the warm ones.
Bathing suite each, one small quick dry towel to share
Two head lamps
Dinner, Breakfast (oatmeal) lunch (dehydrated lentil soup) Nothing special for the kid, she ate with us or not at all, no snacks or usual kid food of any kind.
One camp stove, pot, two cups, two bowls, two spoons.
Shovel and toilet paper
6 toddler diapers, 8 baby diapers, one cloth diaper cover (sunbaby 6 for 36$ highly recommended if you are looking for all in ones) for swimming, and a few spit up cloths/old fashioned cloth diapers I could double as an insert for the cover if we needed a few more than I imagined.
One bottle per baby and emergency formula in case of breast issues.
Fold-able hats all around
One receiving blanket to change diapers on and have a place to lay baby in dirt all around.
Camera of course
We even had room for luxury's! A small folding camp chair each and even a pillow for Mama! Whoo Hoo! Ohh and a few pacifiers just to be safe! :-) And a kindle for each of the grownups! Reading is an important part of nature in this family!
I felt like I could start to see how the wagon trains managed after all, you can get by with very little if you have reason!