July 29, 2013
the boy had a birthday this weekend. as he's been working non-stop building a house for the past two years, we took some time to celebrate his birthday in style... his style: with woods, hammocks, swimming holes and camping food.
patrick's always loved backpacking, even more so since we scrapped the tents and camp in hammocks instead. this is a tricky concept, as your tent space is basically a sort of big burrito hung between trees. but, it's incredibly comfortable (a definite improvement over the hard ground) and waking up to a view of the trees overhead... love that.
the campsite was strung with old dreamcatchers, which i found particularly charming. my camp chef busied himself with some pretty incredible meals... chicken and dumplings for dinner along with a lemon cheesecake with gingersnap pecan crust for dessert. and of course, we do birthday camping up right, with a camp cup of red wine!
on our way out the next morning, we stopped at the bearclaw... a little drive-up coffee hut in the middle of nowhere. cutest little place that serves up a mean espresso. we capped the whole birthday weekend off with sushi for dinner and then drinks at the divey-est of dives (the kind of place that fixes broken booths with a few milk crates and some old boards).
i love, love, love to see that birthday boy smile.