|Mike, Sarah, and Ryan playing cards in the pop-up camper|
|Ryan staying connected on his blackberry while Sarah cooks us breakfast|
|Sarah cooking us a real breakfast|
|Mike, Sarah, and Ryan in Ginko Petrified Forest State Park|
|Mike and Ryan checking out a petrified tree in a cage|
|Ryan, completing his tourist experience by touching a petrified tree|
I believe this is the first time I have ever slept in a tent without a rain fly. I remember when I was ordering the car camping tent we have, some of the reviews said that it didn't have much privacy (mesh walls) unless you have the rain fly on. I thought "Why wouldn't you have the rain fly on?" Being from Kodiak, AK and then Seattle you can imagine why I always need a rain fly. Since Vantage is actually in the desert of Eastern Washington and there was a ZERO percent chance of rain, we decided to leave the rain fly off. And we did stay dry of course.
When we got up on Saturday, Sarah made us a yummy breakfast - definitely more fancy and delicious than the instant oatmeal we would have eaten if we were alone! We did a short hike in Ginko Petrified Forest State Park where we saw petrified logs in cages. I suppose they want to protect the logs from vandalism and people taking them home, but it was not at all what I expected. After I completely exhausted myself by hiking a mile and a half in 80 degree weather (that's pretty much unbearably hot for a girl from Kodiak), we jumped in the Columbia River at Wanapum State Park. A fun start to my birthday!