We are fortunate to live only 3 hours from one of this country's most beautiful, natural landmarks. We are also fortunate enough to live close to Judd's grandparents (in their 80s) and his dad and his wife.
Today, we combined the two!
In reality, there is not much for us to do there. We don't hike and not about to hike to the bottom of the crater. We don't fine dine. There's no way our kids would sit and watch a video about the lake's history. (although, I snatched an info. sheet and plan on incorporating it into school next week!)
But, throw in some PB&J sandwiches, some ding-dongs, juice boxes and some in-laws and we had a great day.
The kids' favorite part?
Not the beautiful, breath taking view...
Not posing for pictures (serious or silly)...
Not picnicking with Grandma and Grandpa or Papa and Nana
Please, if you're one of those people that doesn't feed wild animals because it disrupts the fragile ecosystem blah blah and blah, keep it to your self.
My kids were having fun and frankly, the little chipmunks weren't complaining either.
It was a nice end to our summer. Nothing too extravagant or exciting but we went to Crater Lake. With my kids' great-grandparents and grandparents.
And, no one fell in.
All in all, a successful day.
Oh, I took this picture to show just what I deal with on a daily basis.
At least he's honest,eh?