Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Baby's First Backpacking Trip

We took Quinn on her first overnight camping trip the other weekend up in the Sierra Nevadas. It went really well (apart from the voracious, pigeon-sized mosquitoes) and Quinn seemed to have a great time. We went with my Dad, my sister Jessica and my cousin, Casey.

We got a nifty baby-carrier. Q was a little grumpy about it ...

... but the motion rocked her to sleep pretty quickly.

The big occasion for the hike was my Dad's 60th and my sister's 30th birthdays. Since we were bringing the baby, we chose a pretty easy trip, about 8 miles round trip. I confess I was a little apprehensive about taking the baby, envisioning all the bad things that could go wrong and mentally calculating how fast I could run the four miles back to the car in the middle of the night. But everything went awesomely.

We started near Huntington Lake and headed over Potter Pass.

Sadly even a short hike doesn't really reduce the amount of stuff you have to carry. You still need tents and sleeping bags, etc.

There is a beautiful view of the Sierra backcountry (looking north toward Yosemite) from the top of Potter Pass.

On the other side of the pass, our final destination was Twin Lakes. Here Quinn dips her toes in the lower twin.

We eventually found a nice campsite at the upper twin with a really great log for Quinn to play on. Quinn had a lot of fun splashing in the lake, picking up rocks and pine cones, tramping around the campsite and shouting the word 'chip munk!' Sleeping in the tent was just about the most exciting thing ever -- so much so that we had a hard time getting her to sleep.

Casey and Quinn.

Mmmm, camp food! (Actually, my Dad cooked a typically delicious meal of real pasta with feta, tomatoes and cookies for dessert -- he doesn't go in for any of that freeze-dried stuff.)

Upper Twin Lake, with island, as sunset nears. Interestingly, the stream flowing out of this lake travels underground for quite a distance.

Happy Birthday Dad and Jess!

Breaking camp the next morning.


Doug Rudd said...

awesome trip and great photos!

t said...

Hey Doug - thanks! extra added bonus: it was ridiculously hot down in the valley that day, but just about perfect up in the mountains...