We camped 3 nights, heading home Sunday instead of Monday which I was very glad of as it was raining heavily and it gave me a day to have back at home before getting back to work. 3 nights felt like a really nice rest and was just enough. It provided the feelings of restoration I sought.

I made sure to verify which campsites were open amongst the Covid shutdown and multiple websites indicated 3 camps on or near Mount Rainier were open. Each one was fully booked so we rested our hopes on arriving early enough to secure an unreservable spot at one of them.

Upon arriving at our first option, to our horror we discovered the campground was closed and a guy we ran into informed us no campgrounds were open. He told us though that wilderness camping was allowed and that off forest service roads could offer a decent enough spot; just no access to services.

The first forest service road we turned down I noticed a sign asking please not to litter so hope rose inside me. Driving toward the end of the road I looked off to my left and notced a river along with some amazing looking camping spots. Just to figure out how to access them. We parked and found a trail through the woods leading down there.

We had to lug all our equipment down which was time consuming and exhausting for Caeli and my brother. Unfortunately with my disability I’m not able to carry anything heavy because of my balance issues and weaker left leg so was unable to assist.

A couple views from our campsite:

It was the greatest campsite I’ve ever found; right on a river under a canopy of trees. Breathtakingly beautiful it was. I had all elements of camping I desire: a river, a forest, starry skies, and a campfire.

It rained hard the 3rd night and we almost couldn’t get the fire going due to hard rain and damp wood. As hope began to fade after several failed attempts, I gave it one last effort and had my brother toss in crumpled paper towel after crumpled paper towel. At last the fire roared to life. It took careful tending and strategic additions of dryer wood to keep it going.

My brother met us at the mountain which was a little nervewracking due to our selected meeting spot not being well marked and no cell service. We found each other eventually. We had talked about him bringing our cats, we brought the cat tent and a litter box with us. Unfortunately after packing though he didn’t have room in his car.

On the second day he went to Packwood where there is cell service and while recording some Smule his phone got blown by the wind and subsequently smashed on a rock. He went home that second night so he could get a new phone. When he finally showed back up on Saturday in the late afternoon, to our delight he brought Lilly and Arya.

Lily was overwhelmed being out in nature and began freaking out, meowing incessantly and repeatedly attacking Arya. She even swiped at and tried to bite my brother. After that Trav put her in timeout down by the water in the cat tent, a ways away from us but where we could still see her. By the time he brought her back she had completely collapsed the foldable tent around her. She was much calmer after that but we left her in the tent, she still tried to attack Arya a few other times. Arya took camping like a true warrior and seemed to very much enjoy herself.

We had Arya out with us around the fire holding her but because Lily was so skittish I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of her.

When we got back Caeli gave me one of my birthday presents: my new favorite hat.

I finally took some time for self care and took a little mini vacation. It was very much needed. I hope you enjoyed this small window into my camping trip and that you’ll take the time for your own self care.

Here’s today’s poem time:

Offer of nature amelioration of restoration

12 thoughts on “Camp Covid-19

  1. Vicki says:

    Thanks for dropping by my nature blog and following. On reading your own blog, I noticed it’s very hard to read your typed words due to the busy background. As a person with poor vision and astigmatism, despite my prescription glasses, you might like to give a thought to a less busy background in the writing section of each post you upload.

    Great photos 🙂

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    1. Hi Vicky, you’re welcome, your nature photos are incredibly beautiful. Thank you for your feedback and suggestion – I had not thought about that but will find a less busy background for you and others 🙂

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  2. anitashope says:

    The fun and beauty of camping…when you are young. Great shots.

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    1. Hey Anita! Yes, it is one of my all time favorite things :). Thank you. After we left I realized we didn’t get any of me with Arya in front of the river, that was disappointing. I wish I had gotten some snaps of Lily too, she was just a nervous wreck most of the time although she calmed down in the tent over night. The cats were only with us the 3rd night.

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      1. anitashope says:

        I remember taking our cats camping. I remember one trip where we thought we lost the cat only for it to be found in the closed suitcase comfortably asleep.

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      2. Cool, that sounds like a panic moment followed by relief :). I will certainly be taking at least the kitten with us again next time they add a lot of enjoyment to the trip just like they do at home!

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      3. anitashope says:

        Make sure you watch for presents being brought to bed. Ours were notorious of bring mice to bed with them. LOL.

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      4. Haha that is sound advice. They don’t go outside by themselves so that’s not a problem for me lol.

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  3. Gadget Girl 71 says:

    I really curious how did you manage to take your cats with you, without them running away?

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    1. I had a zipping cat tent so they could hang out outside, (check out my indoor cats venture outside blog post for a peek) and cat carrier for transportation. The kitten was pretty chill, we just held her and she was super calm, Lily we had to keep in the tent because she had high anxiety.

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  4. beth says:

    what a beautiful spot and a wonderful trip to relax and restore

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    1. Thank you Beth, yes it very much was!

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