First Family Camping Trip

It’s about time!

We had a three day weekend coming up, and I had just bought a dehydrator, and been busy drying up a storm of food, so it made sense to go away for a couple days and eat it all. Makes sense right?

Marin Campfood

It took us nearly a whole day of planing and organizing and finding stuff, before we were able to roll out, but we did it!

Our bikes were big and heavy…..

IMG_5635 BT Nobody Looking

and it took us three hours to go the distance normally covered by bike in 1 1/2. But we got there!

IMG_5730 Tent & Bunny

Having two nights to camp in one spot was really nice, as we could recover from our heavy peddling and enjoy an afternoon at the Oxbow River without worrying about the time.

IMG_5683 Seth Marin River

We even slept in by a kazillion minutes!

IMG_5745 Chelle & Girls Tent

We had a blast and that’s what matters!

IMG_5671 Marin Family Selfie
Marin learning how to take selfies.

The last day, we loaded up and headed out, looking forward (NOT) to the massive hill we had to go up to get out of the river valley. It was so steep that when we went down it, Seth was afraid he would blow a tube from the friction of his brake pads. For those of you who have never ridden a cargo bike fully loaded with children and enough camping gear for 4 people, down a hill, let me tell you it can be very scary as the bikes pick up a tremendous amount of speed! We were safe though, as our bikes made it through like champs.

Anyway, back to that hill! It was big! Something like 600 feet elevation climb in less than a mile. About 50 feet into it Seth and I got off our bikes and pushed them. We had sweat dripping down our backs and arms, palms got slick on the handle bars, and we made wonderful time, getting to the top in 1 hour.  Now, 1 mile per hour is NOT making good time I know, but it was a HUGELY STEEP HILL!!!! At the top we cheered, sweaty high-fived and ate a couple granola bars.

That’s about the end of my story. The rest of the ride home was uneventful except that we made a small detour at the end to enjoy some of Little Big Burger’s fries and lettuce wraps. Seriously, they are amazing and a treat after sweating in the sun for 3 hours!

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2 thoughts on “First Family Camping Trip”

  1. I can image that hill was a killer if it took so much energy out of you two fit people. Sounds like you had a grand family time, though. You got the wheels rolling and each camping trip from here on out should be easier for you all.

    1. It felt great to finally get out there adventuring! We are looking forward to many more, and having the girls get to know the routine and what to expect when out long cycling. But you know all about this! You guys have been picking up and “moving” for years now!

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