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    Castle Peak area, Tahoe National Forest

    Headed out for a quick overnighter Saturday at the Castle Peak area in the Tahoe National Forest. This was my daughter's first time winter camping, so I was not sure how that was going to work.

    This was the trip planning thread:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=66537

    We head out Saturday morning and made it to the trail head about 1 pm. Hiked in with the my daughter, the dog and me pulling the sled. After about an hour snowshoeing we found a nice spot to call home for the night. It was about 34 degrees during the day and started to snow around 4pm.

    We brought a hammock (WBBB) and a tent. Didn't make a fire. By the time we got set up the snow was coming down pretty hard and I didn't want to be outside scrounging around for firewood. After dinner, we hung out and watched a movie on my daughters tablet, then went to bed. Overnight lows I am guessing were in the mid-20's. It stormed most of the night and in the morning about 4 to 5 inches of fresh snow had fallen. Not too bad for my daughter's first time.

    One thing I have learned that bringing a dog and a child winter camping is a lot of work! Being 9 years old, my kid loves to play in the snow. Problem is all the clothes she was wearing got wet and then froze by morning. I tried to warn her but, kids will be kids.

    Overall we had a great time. Hopefully, it wasn't too traumatizing for her and she'll want to come out again with me to play in the snow

    At the trail head:



    Home for the night:



    Dinner:




    The next morning:



    View from camp:



    I think she'll be back, don't you?:


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    Dood, that it is too awesome....I can't wait until I can get my little ones out on a trip like that with me.....Sure do love my kids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by priller View Post
    Dood, that it is too awesome....I can't wait until I can get my little ones out on a trip like that with me.....Sure do love my kids!
    Thanks! She is a trooper. She goes with me a lot in the summer. I'm lucky that 2 out of my 3 kids like to be outside.

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    sidewinder, i think she is hooked!!! just keep it fun and simple and lots of smores
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    Great trip report, and what a dad you are for taking her with you.

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    Well, it's obvious SOMEBODY was happy about being there!

    Kudos for being a great Dad!!!!
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    That looks like a great trip... Hope you enjoyed it as much as she did ...

    Thanks for sharing...

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    That's some great stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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    What a great trip! I am sure this will be one she will always remember. You are a BRAVE man to take your 9 year old and a dog SNOW camping.

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