I've only got one card to share today and it involves the adventure of camping!
This card was inspired by my friend Kim. She is the featured member of the Design Team this month for the "Case the Designer Series" at Happy Little Stampers. She made an adorable scenic back-to-school block card. The NBUS die I used for the stitched panels is Die-namics from My Favorite Things called "Strip Dies-Horizontal Panel."
We camped for many years, three decades plus, camping out of the car, sleeping in sleeping bags on top of picnic tables, then out of the back of the pickup. Next we upgraded to tents, then Volkswagon Vanagons, and then a pop-up tent trailer.
Now the only camping we do includes room service, but the camping memories I treasure most are from the times when we were poorest. Funny how life works that way. The fun we had and the majestic vistas we saw were well worth those nights when the tent and everything in it were drenched with rain, and those dusky evenings trying to put up a tent (legally) in a city park while my poor Mister was sneezing his head off from hay fever.
A favorite memory is more because of a great photo we captured than the camping itself. After our son was born, we kept on camping as usual, filling half the back of the pickup with a portacrib and a stroller and other babyphenalia. In June of 1978 we took Dan on his first trip to Death Valley when he was seven months old. Well, it gets hot in Death Valley in June backpacking on Daddy's back, so we did what any responsible parents would do:
Isn't that a fantastic photo? Just look at that drool all over the rim from his teething! Goodness, it makes me laugh out loud every time! We bought that Gerry baby backpack secondhand, so I have no idea when it was first made and I've only just noticed those pink gingham curtains I made for the truck shell so we could block out the early sunrises and have some privacy.
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