Red Meadows Family Reunion

When Shawn first told me we were going to Red Meadows, Cali for a family reunion I was stoked. I have always wanted to go to the Red Wood forest.

Red Meadows = Red Woods
Seems like a logical conclusion right?


Apparently, Red Meadows is a campsite that Shawn's family has gone to for 3 generations, but it is nowhere near the Red Woods.

Not gonna lie, I was supremely disappointed... I already had images in my mind of driving my car through a massive red wood tree.

Shawn and I set out on a 5000 km road-trip caravanning with Rob, Chandra and their three lil boys stopping for the night in Twin Falls, ID... Who knew it was this pretty?

Well, turns out I wasn't all that disappointed once I got to Red Meadows...

The brains behind the whole shindig was this cool cat and his lil lady...
Grandpa Squires and Grandma Thon
Love them

Days were full of hikes, campfires, kids, food, and naps

Shawn proving to me that California trees are bigger than BC ones... 
Still not 100% convinced

Rainbow Falls
It lived up to its name with a legit rainbow shining through

Some complained about the hike coming back...

Gorgeous. Freezing but gorgeous.

Cousin hanging out with cousin... 

Proof Shawn thinks he's more massive than he is...

Exhibit A)
Shawn picked up a lil hiking stick along the way...

Exhibit B)
 Shawn right before his attempt to push down the tree... 
One guess whether he succeeded...

Okay maybe they aren't red woods but they ain't toothpicks..

Notice everyone thisclose to the fire??
Who knew it got so cold at night at California?

 Um, why didn't we get t-shirts?
I totally would have wanted a shirt.

 Love this guy... 

The three Squires siblings...
Shawn's grandfather and his brother are so alike in their mannerisms! 
So neat to see...

The Squires fam

Kyle Shad and James

One of my favourite stories was when everyone woke up, walked outside and saw paw prints all over Shawn's aunt's car... but I've seen paw prints before... The best was when we saw his nose print on the window where he was peering in to check out the car's contents...

Why does everything taste better on a campfire?

Shawn took up whittling
Got blisters
But on gloves to continue whittling
Ended up with a lovely Banana Boat
(he wasn't too happy with us comparing his canoe with a fruit)

Shawn, Kyle and Grandpa went fishing and
Shawn proved that he could go on Survivor and 
provide for the tribe... Woot woot

I still chose the pizza tho

Jenny had the cutest idea to bring everything so the kids could 
make cake pops...
Who knew cake pops and campfires went so well together?

Although this isn't everyone, people were coming and going all week, this is a good chunk of the people at the Squires Family Reunion and even though there was not any massive Red Woods, we had a fantastic time and are so thankful for all the hard work that Grandpa Squires put into this whole event...

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