Adventure: Mt. Adams Wildnerness

I haven't done a post like this in quite a while, or maybe ever on this specific blog, so what better time to start. I like documenting our adventures and usually take a ton of pictures and post them all on FB, but I don't ever really write about the experience, so I thought I'd give it a try. 

As green as can be...pretty hard to take any bad pictures around here. 

As green as can be...pretty hard to take any bad pictures around here. 

In the midst of all our crazy moving madness, I took a day trip with the kids to meet up with my in-laws and Ben's brothers family in the Mt. Adams wilderness area. They were camping at Elk Meadows RV and Cabin park and we just drove there for the day. I would totally love to stay in their little cabins, you must check them out if you're looking for some place to non-tent camp. Ben was doing some work for the day so I packed up the kids and drove out there, approximately an hour and 45 minutes...it's just passed Trout Lake Washington.

Wild flowers and beauty all around the campsite

Wild flowers and beauty all around the campsite

Boy is this area gorgeous! I haven't been out here since a wedding last summer, and I just love the area. Back in the pre-kid days, Ben and I went hiking, camping, rafting and spelunking out here...oh and wine tasting too! Lot's of different adventures to choose from. This time around the kids and I just spent the day around the RV park, playing, eating, and exploring the near by nature walks. 

Isn't this gorgeous?!! 

Isn't this gorgeous?!! 

I didn't get to go on any hikes this time, but I would highly recommend going on the Sleeping Beauty hike. It's super close to where we were at, but having the two kids with me and no hiking backpack, I just couldn't manage it this trip. Sleeping beauty is one of my all time favorite hikes because it's relatively short (1.3 miles), but kind of steep...but the views from the top are absolutely unbeatable. You can almost throw a rock at Mt. Adams from the top. Check out this link for the hike and make sure to add it to your summer list of adventures!

Can you see Mt. Adams peaking through the clouds?

Can you see Mt. Adams peaking through the clouds?

With little kids Beckham and Eliza's age you don't really need to plan too much, give them dirt, rocks, buckets, and let them play and explore. Let them be little adventurers. Even Eliza wanted to do everything the "big" kids were doing, she wanted a walking stick, she wanted to jump off rocks and explore through the woods. I'm excited to take more camping trips with the kids as they grow and will continue to enjoy any kind of adventure, whether it's a quick day trip to the coast or the mountains, or the park around the corner. Get outside and have fun!

Smelling the flowers on our walk

Smelling the flowers on our walk

Little explorers

Little explorers

Breaking rules at a young age and crossing over barriers that say "no trespassing"...I'm pretty sure they take after their parents. :)

Breaking rules at a young age and crossing over barriers that say "no trespassing"...I'm pretty sure they take after their parents. :)

Miss Indie checking out the view

Miss Indie checking out the view

These two explorers had such a good time. Wish I would have taken a picture of their faces after eating s'mores that night. 

These two explorers had such a good time. Wish I would have taken a picture of their faces after eating s'mores that night. 

We just keep buckets and big trucks in the back of the car for play time at any destination, it's perfect!

We just keep buckets and big trucks in the back of the car for play time at any destination, it's perfect!

Pretty impossible to get all 4 cousins smiling at the same time. They sure are cute though!

Pretty impossible to get all 4 cousins smiling at the same time. They sure are cute though!

Do you have any favorite camping spots or adventures spots that are a must go in the summer?