A Camping Story | Our Southern Colorado Trip Part 1

Hi friends! If you know our family, you know we’re a tad obsessed with camping. This is our second season with Dolores, our camper, and we knew we wanted to take at least one long trip with her per season. This year we decided on a trip to southern Colorado. Our first stop was San Luis State Wildlife Area – mainly to go see Great Sand Dunes National Park. Each year from mid-May to early June, Medano Creek reaches its peak flow. It’s basically pure snow melt that makes a river at the base of the dunes. We researched like crazy to make sure we would be there for it and we did it! To say we had a blast would be quite the understatement. Let’s get on with the camping and playing pictures!

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I started a new “tradition” on this trip that I fondly call “Out Dolores’ Door” – basically, I’m taking a photo out the door of our camper at each spot. This was the first one at San Luis State Wildlife Area. I wish I would have done this from trip #1 in Dolores, but I’ll continue it for sure. Clearly, our view was incredible.

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maren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINAfter we arrived and set up, we thought it’d be fun to drive over to the Sand Dunes to just check it out. We were already planning on playing there the next day, but we had time, so off we went. The kids immediately got to playing in the *freezing cold (ahem, snow melt)* water and loved every second of it!

maren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINAfter playing at the Sand Dunes, we headed back to camp and enjoyed a really amazing sunset. God is so rad.maren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINThe next morning we were up early and off to explore Great Sand Dunes National Park! We climbed dunes (ask us about Atticus’ adventure before we even started… it’ll make you laugh for sure!), rolled down dunes, made sand angels, and enjoyed the view. After that, lots of playing in the river (Medano Creek). EmJ and Luke loved the “Colorado beach!” maren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINLook! We were there too! 🙂maren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINI think this was EmJ’s favorite memory from the whole trip — “burying myself in sand.” Love this girl. maren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINmaren miller photography | great sand dunes national park | camping photographyPINLuke entertained himself for so long in the creek — throwing mud, running, jumping, and splashing.

Up next… Part 2: Durango!

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  • July 13, 2017 - 3:11 pm

    Corrie B - Ok, so I looked at these in reverse order, 3, 2 then this one. And HOLY COW MAREN!!!!!!!!!!! I cried! You are SOOOOOOOO talented. Every single photo, I was like, WHAT!? Seriously. The dog with the flag and the sunset with the camper light typing it all together!? I can’t. The kids in their full element just playing and being kids? They are SO lucky to get to just be themselves. My heart is exploding ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE! AH!
    Ok, I’m gonna go look at them again.
    Ok I looked at them again. I freaking can’t.
    EmJ’s face buried in the sand made me cry. Luke and EmJ playing in the river together, the one where they are in it and just laughing so much!
    Maren, seriously. These are so amazing. You’re so good at this game.ReplyCancel

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