25 Jun

this picture speaks volumes about our response to camping

So, you know how couples sometimes go on one last trip before they have their baby? It’s referred to as a “babymoon.” Well, Brian and I just did just that last weekend before Frank comes home in four days. Granted if I had my choice, I would have chosen a relaxing and luxuries few days in Palm Springs instead of camping, but I believe in compromise. Considering Brian has been dying to get out into the wilderness and sleep in the dirt, not shower, cook on an outdoor grill and hike through mosquito ridden mountains all winter, I thought it was best if I just went the flow. I also figured I can survive anything for three days. So off to Mammoth we went with our friends Mike & Loni who happen to be some of our favorite people to travel with because they are game for anything. The last trip we took with them was to Pioneer Town and it was a hysterical few days in the desert.

Things I learned this weekend-

-California really is a gorgeous place

-eating hotdogs off a campfire grill is somehow much tastier

-bug repellent really does work considering I’m the only one who didn’t put it on and now I’m covered in bites. I kinda look like I have the chicken pox

-Seeing Brian so happy really does make me happy

-camping with wine is the only way to do it

-I look pretty horrid when I don’t shower for three days

-the Alabama Hills are AMAZING

Here are some pics from our trip-


on the 395


Brain in his element




welcome home!


Mike & Loni


I’m a lucky gal, eh?


camping is totally doable with wine


emerald lake


the view from our lunch stop


lake mono


lake Mono


June lake


the breathtaking Alabama Hills


feeling very small in a good way


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8 Responses to “babymoon”

  1. righteousbruin9 June 25, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Mammoth is a fine start. For your next “compromise”, may I suggest three days in a cabin at Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is an 11 hour drive from LA, though well worth it.

    • katemcclafferty June 25, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      You may suggest ideas for my next “compromise”! HA. That sounds BEAUTIFUL…I’m sure after reading this Brian will be planning our next trip:)

  2. Maria June 25, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Hey Kate,

    Glad you guys had a great time camping!! I LOVEEE the cottage life….sleeping in a tent freaks me out though so I always sleep by the water…inside!! lol

    Anyway please send me your e-mail address! I’d like to fill you in on the Mike Dooley seminar and also send you over a few notes I made 🙂

    You can e-mail me @

    or leave your e-mail address on here!


  3. the usual bliss June 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    In our eight weeks in the 13-foot trailer together two summers ago, I learned that three days is my max without a shower. We’d either find a campground with showers or be sure to stay with friends or something!
    Frank might LOVE camping… dogs like dirt. 🙂

  4. palomino June 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    stunning location, the lakes are just stunning. camping is fun !

  5. Loni Found Herself June 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Gorgeous photos, as always. We had such a great time with you guys!

  6. SewHaute July 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Love the lake mono pic! Also, camping with wine is the only way to go 😉


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