Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Campers

Every year, we plan to go camping, for better and for worse. We fit in a lot of hikes. Hiking involves a lot less planning (at least the way we do it). We throw a camera, water bottles, bug repellent, and a snack in a backpack and we're good to go. The dog is thrilled, the kids are thrilled, everyone is happy. Camping involves food for several days, carried in, a small stove, dry weather, and not too many swarms of bugs to ruin it. My husband is a serious camper who went to "wilderness school" where they drop you off in the middle of nowhere and you have to survive on your own for a few days. He's eaten raw fish and grass shoots. Luckily, he's not that serious about our camping trips, but we can't just do car camping. So, this year, we'll pick a date, bring lots of gorp, oatmeal and hot dogs and look forward to some great memories. If you have a great memory of camping, please share it!

(c)2010 photos and writing, Jennifer Dennis Potter
Bag, 1970s Wilderness Experience, made in CA

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring "camping"

The kids and their friends next door had been busily working to complete this "tent" for their spring backyard camping experience. Hand crafted from: old sheets and towels, duct tape and plastic chairs! We did end up actually putting up a real tent (thanks to my husband), cooking hot dogs and s'mores on the grill and having the neighbors over for a few hours on Saturday night. Lots of laughing, dancing in the tent and ghost stories for all! Happy first day of spring!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Out of Hibernation

(c)2010 Jennifer Dennis Potter

Instead of suiting up and showing up at the gym for my spinning class this morning, I decided to get my dog and myself out of doors! Cooper was so excited that he was whimpering and crying on our drive to the park. He's in the big landscape and is the dog walking on a thin layer of ice and snow on the beach.

The other is a new photo for my Etsy shop. It felt so good to get out and get some vitamin D the old-fashioned way. Is it Spring where you are? Time to get out of hibernation and wake up?