Monday, May 22, 2017

Video: Family Camping at Gold Bar Ranch

It's Monday and we're back on the grid after camping this past weekend. We headed out not too far from our house- about an hour's drive- to Gold Bar Ranch. It was our first time there and it was the cutest place. They have a campground that backs up to a Hassayampa River-fed pond/lake complete with a rope swing and dock. It's the ideal place for a big group and that's exactly what we had- 9 families, 18 adults and 25 kids! There are places for RVs, tents, and even a bunk house right on site that's perfect if you don't want to rough it, if you have a newborn like us, or just feel like "glamping" rather than camping!

One of my best buds Veronica's family owns the best restaurant in Prescott and brought along their catering gear so we were super spoiled with food the entire weekend. Two families split each meal, so we didn't have to worry about bringing food for every meal ourselves, which was the best. We brought paddleboards and kayaks, and a ton of float toys! The water was cold but so refreshing in the 80+ degree sunshine. During the day we swam, rode quads and the razors, the kids dug in the dirt and worked on creating moats, and we all just kicked back and soaked it up. At night we roasted marshmallows and drank wine by the fire while the kids ran around with glowsticks, and on the second night we brought out the projector and did a movie and popcorn evening for them. Even though camping is not always the easiest with super small kids, this was such a successful trip and I think it was made even easier having such a big group. All of the little ones were kept busy with each other so the adults could relax, even if only for little moments at time! ;) And my best advice, babywear! There really is no other way with such a tiny baby (at least for me), and it made it a lot easier than having her in a pack 'n play and always worrying if was dusty near her, bugs, whatever. I used the Ergobaby Adapt (you don't need an infant insert with this one) and it was fantastic.

Last night I put together a fun little video with GoPro footage for our friends, and I thought I would share it here too. You can also check out the camera I used here- I highly recommend it! I love doing videos like this- it always looks like a lot of work in retrospect, but takes less than an hour to quickly put together all of the little clips...and it's so nice having the fun memories to look back on.



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