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Surprise Lake and Camping at Cow Creek

Last weekend – the last weekend prior to the 4th – which will now become an annual event, i got 2 fabulous campsites right on a reservoir and invited a bunch of different out doorsie people to join me/us! Here is the campsite to the left IMG_7879   To the right, and closer to the right, you can see the tree in both! Great place to be! IMG_7878 IMG_7877 We had found this camp site last year and decided to come again this year but get both the sites in what i call a “culdesac” We had good times around the fire and enjoyed some serious relaxing and bonding time IMG_7929 Saturday was a hike we had attempted last year and were thrwated by the mosquitos! this year we were prepared and so were the pups! We had deet they had puppy spray – lemongrass and catnip and they are on heart worm! Suprise lake! It’s a portion of a much longer hike (9.3) – we did the 2.6 each way one! IMG_7882      SurpriseLake IMG_7934 It was the first time i had hiked with such a big crowd since girl scouts, but it was great! Most of the time we were in the woods, mosquitos swarming, but not too too hot! Views were amazing and the columbines were gorgeous! Hubby and another of the fellas say the hike was straight up hill… I thought it was ok!  ;) IMG_7888 IMG_7891 IMG_7902 IMG_7907 IMG_7912 IMG_7915 IMG_7919 Definitely hope to do the whole 9.3 next year, or at least hike around Surprise Lake, it was so pretty! Lessons learned:
  • The deflate portion of the air pump for the air mattress is amazing
  • We can put up our tent in super windy conditions
  • Being without cell signal can be an amazing thing
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