sometimes we feel like we have to go camping on garrison's days off. like if we stay at home we are wasting precious summer days. don't get me wrong, we love camping, hiking + just being outside, but there are weekends that just need to be spent around the house, even in the summertime.
this weekend was one of those we want to stay home + work on house projects, but we don't want to waste an opportunity to camp. so we drove past aspen, up independence pass, and set up camp along lincoln creek road (ps: campsite #5 is the best).
the sky was overcast, which made us sad because we wanted to spend the afternoon in the creek, and were hoping for a really hot day. we found a beautiful swimming hole, with plenty of shallow + deep parts. but just as we got in the water, the clouds rolled in. we got our feet wet before walking back to camp. we were still optimistic, looking forward to lying in the hammock with our books. but just as we settled in, the rain started. we moved into the tent where harper was napping, and just as we reopened our books, it decided to downpour mixed with pea-sized hail and thunder. not knowing if it was safer in the tent or car, we had no choice but to run to the car once we realized our tent was set up in a low spot, and it was suddenly floating atop a small lake.
at this point, our campout was unsalvageable. the bottom of our tent was soaked through, and most likely our sleeping bags were too. with the storm still raging, garrison managed to break camp and get our muddy gear shoved into the car. we headed home through the lightening storm, watched some tv, and worked on house projects the next day...just like we had wanted to all along.
it reminded me very much of the children's song "the wise man and the foolish man"