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She liked Colchuck Lake so I decided to try the new (6 months?) novia on an overnight backpacking trip with a couple of the kids near Stevens Pass, WA. Relationship test passed.
It was kinda refreshing to learn that she actually has a really decent Osprey backpack and REI down sleeping bag that she used in New Zealand; she had just never slept out in the mountains. It just so happens that most REI men's and women's sleeping bags zip together. :o
The bugs were out. Not a big issue to me but the novia and one of the kids must have been extra delicious because, while I got ten or so bites, she got around 40 and one child got 20-ish, even after using DEET.
Back at the lake for some feet soaking in the partly thawed lake.
Lady the wonder dog is the definition of "dog tired." She only agrees to these trips because she doesn't trust me to watch the kids by myself.