Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ohiopyle State Park

June 6-7

Matt's vacation days turnover at the end of June. Matt had one day left and of course I was not about to let him loose a single minute of paid vacation so last minute he took his day and I planned a VERY last minute camping trip to a nearby state park called Ohiopyle. Let me tell you this is one of the coolest state parks I've been to and I have been to a lot!! It felt like we were on a high all weekend long. Carter looked like he was in a dream world, Matt loved showing him how "to be a man," and I loved sitting back and watching the two boys I love more than anyone else in the world have so much fun and enjoyment (and I LOVED being in nature once again). Growing up my family was always camping (and if I still lived in UT I would still be camping with them all the time) so it felt awesome being back and doing something I have a deep passion for.

Camping here we come!

Now to be honest, I thought it was mostly going to be Carter who would be head over heals in love with getting down and dirty little did I realize by "bigger boy" Matt would be just as crazy about it. If you don't watch any other video clips you really should watch these next two since they are totally Matt.

Carter exploring and playing in the campsite:

Cucumber Falls

Matt's about to go behind the waterfall.

Carter was pretty obsessed with throwing rocks.

Hanging out on the edge of Youghigeny River. It was high and fast.

Carter had three favorite things this trip: throwing rocks, playing in dirt/mud, and pushing his truck around the campsite. If you look close enough you can see the mud stuck in his rolls around his wrists.

I absolutely love watching these two play together!

Classic Matt!

Rite of Passage: Learning how to roast a marshmallow.

On our second day we hiked to Cascade Falls and on the way our exhausted boy fell asleep in what looked like a very uncomfortable place for his face.

Matt enjoying the wake up call from the nice, freezing water.

What a great play place for Carter, couldn't ask for better "ambiance."
Once again, CLASSIC Matt, the only thing better would be the Dolphin, right Mom?

After we left Cascade Falls we went to a natural water slide. It was awesome!! The water was really high and thus pretty rough so I didn't go down, but Matt did seeing as a few girls went down and Matt couldn't possibly get shown up by a girl. I tried to upload the video I took of it, but it would not load. Too bad because it's a great video!

As we were packing up, Carter was wanting attention that we couldn't give him so Matt let him have his cell phone to play with. Well, next thing we knew Carter was throwing rocks into the little babbling brook that went through our campsite and Matt asked with alarm, "Where's my cell phone?" Yep, sure enough there was Matt's cell phone lying in the water. Thus, Matt is on his fourth phone in 12 months. Thank goodness for insurance!

Well, thanks Ohiopyle for all the fun memories!! We truly enjoyed this natural water park. Bye, bye!!


Dan, Jen & Syd said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! Those water falls are gorgeous! Carter definitely looks like he was in heaven with that campground all to yourselves. How fun!

Lowdogg said...

Do I need to call you so you have my number?

Scott, Kara, and Paul said...

Love the pictures! I am jealous! What a beautiful place to go and camp. Carter is getting so big and handsome. Love the "classic Matt" pictures, you guys are so funny!

Amanda W./ Mindy said...

How fun! It looks like you had a great time. You are a wonderful photographer. I can't believe how big Carter is getting! Wow! He is adorable.

The Heck Family said...

Great pictures, Amber! I hope we are able to tag along next time. Looks like a memory packed weekend.

Becky T said...

Oh my! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! That place seriously looks awesome and I'd about give my right eye to be able to go camping with you guys. Wouldn't that be a BLAST??? Your pictures are awesome, I just love them--and yes, the videos--SO Matteo... I love how you take every opportunity to spend some time as a family, even when your husband is gone so much. You guys are so great that way! Oh, I'm jealous. I want to go camping now, but it's too blasted hot here! :) Miss you guys!

Trevor & Lindsey said...

Oh these pictures make me miss it so bad back there! But you guys are the cutest family ever! I love all the pictures and its so fun seeing little carter grow!

Mark, Holly & Boys said...

Yeah - I'm glad I checked back on this post...the first time I wasn't able to get the videos to work. They were fun to watch! Carter's expression is so cute when he figured out what you were telling him about climbing up onto the rock to get on the bench. He is so cute!! I love the waterfall pictures to!

Mark, Holly & Boys said...

I mean "too"! I love the waterfall pictures TOO (not to) :)