Since moving to Portland, OR we haven’t really spent much time out of the city. We are so in love with this town, that we never really feel the need to “get away,” but we have been meaning to spend more time exploring Oregon, so when my friend Becky suggested a joint-family camping trip to Olallie Lake Resort, I was super excited.
Traditionally, I don’t consider cabin-camping to be “camping,” but considering we’ve never even stayed in a hotel room with our little buddy, staying in a one-room, 150 square foot cabin seemed “rustic” enough. That and our old camping tent is definitely too small for the three of us.
I eagerly booked a cabin and mailed (you read that right, as in with a postage stamp) a check to the owners and awaited the weeks for our big “camping” trip. The accommodations were great. The facilities were clean and rustic. Each cabin included an old-school wood burning stove that kept us nice and toasty at night. Wood is even included with your room fee and they deliver more to your cabin each afternoon. All the cabins have amazing views of the lake and Mt. Jefferson and the resort has paddle boats and row boats that you can rent by the hour or for the entire day.
Our little man did surprisingly well on the trip, sleeping in until 9am the first morning and almost 7am on the second day. He is regularly up at 6am at home, so this really made it feel like a vacation. Traveling with another family really made the trip enjoyable as we split up meal duties, with each family responsible for one breakfast and one dinner (everyone was on their own for lunch). The best part of the trip was that there was absolutely no cell coverage or wifi and “unplugging” for three days was unbelievably relaxing. Our weekend trip felt like a week’s worth of rest.
I remembered to pack our swim suits, but forgot to pack towels, so we didn’t get our swim on during the trip. Frustrated with my mistake, I created a camping pack list, so on our next trip, I won’t miss a thing. I included the free printable below. Feel free to use it for your own camping adventures!
There were many photos taken on the trip, but I feel like these eleven best illustrate the overall vibe of the lake and our trip:
Our friend David and his daughter on a relaxing paddle boat ride.
The DIY boat dock and collection of boats. That’s me in the distance!
My husband, Jason hard at work cooking this dinner recipe by The Country Cat‘s Adam Sappington.
A family photo opt in front of Mt. Jefferson. We couldn’t resist kissing those cheeks!
Jason and our little man cooling off at Lower Lake.
Little buddy was thrilled to go all in at Lower Lake. Olallie Lake is a no-swim lake, but there are other lakes for swimming close by.
Fun on the boat dock.
Seeing my son enjoy good-old-fashioned pastimes like blowing bubbles and throwing rocks into the lake melted my heart. The iPad has not ruined him yet!
My husband snapped this shot of me in front of Mt. Jefferson.
Early morning fisherman getting out on the lake. Olallie is a stocked lake, so it is likely you will catch a fish!A quick family photo of our first camping trip with little buddy, in front of our tiny little cabin.
And finally, here is my camping pack list!
I included “tent camping” necessities because I imagine many of our trips in the future will be of that nature. The parentheses next to the clothing items are so you can put a number for the amount you want to pack (based on the number of days of your trip).
Also, my “picnic kit” includes reusable cups, but on this particular trip, a pack of 9oz. Solo cups proved indispensable as they were used for water, beer, milk and yogurt with granola. The perfect cup/bowl hybrid, this is definitely something that will remain a staple of my camping supplies in the future.
Another item that came in handy, was the family quilt I packed. We usually use it for picnics (my great-grandma made it decades ago and most of the scrap fabrics are 100% 1970’s polyester, so it is incredibly stain-proof) but it came in handy camping for wrapping myself up on cold nights, adding an extra layer to our bed at night and as a buffer for the kids on the “splintery” bench at our picnic table.
I feel like everything else on the list is pretty self-explanatory, but if there is anything that I missed, feel free to leave me a question in the comments!
While Olallie Lake isn’t technically on Mt. Hood, I am counting this as completion of #32 on my 101 in 1001 list. Although, I hope there is a lot more camping in this area before my 1001 days are up.
***This is not a sponsored post and all of the recommendations in this post including Olallie Lake Resort and The Country Cat are solely of my own personal opinion.