Ellen Million (ellenmillion) wrote,
Ellen Million

Not-a-daily, with new portrait adoption piece, and camping report

Thursday we took Guppy on her first not-a-baby camping trip. Getting out was a little more complicated than we'd hoped, as the fridge had mildewed, and the coach battery was dead. But some genius from my husband and some elbow grease from me fixed both items, and we had a smashingly good time.

Guppy's summary of the event (picture her sitting on her bed at home pretending to read to me from an imaginary book):

We went camping! The woods were very very very long, and we slept in the van and had a BIG fire.

We did have a lovely fire and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows (she was unimpressed and only ate half of one) and sleeping was just fine once she was un-excited enough to actually sleep.

The 'very long woods' is a description of the hike that we took, the morning after camping. The first part was quite nice - dry, level ground, some wooden bridges, clear trails. Then we got to the river, and realized that parts of the trail had very recently been underwater. There were washes of sand and very slippery mud, and lots of downed trees to scramble over and duck under. We had to strike out into the woods to bypass water in several areas, and the last short bit - we could actually see the end trailhead! - we had to ford in ankle-deep water*. It was quite an adventure.

I can't wait to go out again. Once my shoes are dry.

I have a new portrait up! I was stretching my comfort zones, and wrinkles are unexpectedly fun:

*Jake says that this doesn't really sound all that adventurous, and suggests I say that it was fast-flowing, waist-deep, and had sharks. I concur that sounds more exciting, but I have journalistic integrity to maintain...
Tags: alaska, artwork, camping, guppy, portrait adoption

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