Under the wire
Today is Labor Day and my last day of summer vacation (I begin my internship tomorrow). We went on a last-minute whirlwind of a family backpacking trip yesterday, not leaving until late afternoon and arriving back home before noon today. P and I love the outdoors but have only gone camping as a family once--and that was two years ago. Camping was one of the things on our summer list we didn't get around to doing (we figured we'd postpone until autumn), so when we received a last-minute invitation to go on a short backpacking trip with some friends, we decided to go for it (despite the possibility of rain and the short lead-time).
We had breakfast by the fire and then left the campsite to hike back around 9:30 AM. We were home by 11:00.* It was just perfect--short, sweet, and such a wonderful end to the summer. I am so proud of the kiddos and look forward to tackling more challenging backpacking trips in the future!