Orcas Island Camping // Deal Breakers // Can't Live Without #1 Item

Every summer we spend a week with family on Orcas Island.  It’s typically opening day for crabbing and everyone brings their boat so that they can drop crab pots for nightly campfire cookouts of fresh boiled crab legs and good beer.  This sounds like heaven to most, right?  Well for me; it’s more like death.  Literally.  When I was 15 I became severely allergic to shellfish.  My love affair with crab and shrimp cocktails ended on a hot summer day on Pier 39 in San Francisco.  It was there that I literally overdosed on crab and sent myself into anaphylactic shock. 

Unfortunately, the shellfish allergy is one of those tragic disclaimers that you have to disclose to friends when you’re out to dinner or a “red flag” when you’re dating.  I can’t tell you the countless times that I’ve told people that I’m allergic to shellfish and they look at me with devastation as if we can no longer be friends or it’s a complete deal breaker in a relationship.  Even when I was dating Chris he was like, “Oh… really… Gosh that’s really awful…” leaving me with that look of pity, disappointment, and a possible quick sprint for the nearest exit door.  I’m left wondering if there’s going to be a second date.  Lucky for me, there was and he stuck around. ;) 

The party still goes on, even with Stephanie’s buzz kill shellfish allergy.  The family caught a lot of crab and Kole enjoyed pulling crab pots and gutting crabs with his grandparents. 

 

Kole has become quite the boat captain! 

Kole has become quite the boat captain! 

Billy enjoyed counting the red solo cups.  He's already a backyard BBQ king! 

Billy enjoyed counting the red solo cups.  He's already a backyard BBQ king! 

Billy enjoyed the boat rides, sleeping in a tent, and his new found love and infatuation with “Mom-Mom” AKA Grandma.  He would stand at the edge of our campsite screaming “MOM-MOM!!!” for Grandma.  It was rather cute. 

We put in our fair share of driving around the island as we tried to get Billy to fall asleep.  On our drives we must have seen over 100 deer around the island.  It was incredible!  We also went on a hike that overlooked Cascade Lake.  Mom carried 3 lbs Henry in her belly and Dad carried 33 lbs Billy and 10 lbs of water in the hiking backpack.  Totally fair! 

Overall it was a fun and successful family camping trip.  We couldn’t have done without the new collapsible utility wagon that we recently bought from Costco.   This baby is, hands down, a Fashionably Dirty must have! It collapsed down and fit in the back of the car like a champion.  Billy had so much fun being wheeled around the camp site.  It was perfect for taking him into the shower with me, along with all of our clothes and showering stuff.  I just love this product and think that every mom and dad should own one!  Disclaimer: Not intended for three kids, I would think. It's the best $57.99 I've spent in a long time! 

Thank you all so much for stopping by and we hope that you’re having a great week!  I’m really enjoying the new Fashionably Dirty blog and all the fun ideas, items, recipes, and adventures that are brewing in my head.  If you ever have any feedback for us, please feel free to leave it in the comments.  I would LOVE to hear from you and listen to what you have to say.  Remember to follow along on Instagram for the latest Fashionably Dirty posts.  Thank you again!! SD

My little love. 

My little love. 

Billy has no problem getting settled at his camp site. 

Billy has no problem getting settled at his camp site. 

Billy makes angry faces when he eats.  It's his favorite thing to do.  

Billy makes angry faces when he eats.  It's his favorite thing to do.  

We tried to make these guys come closer, but electrical fences and pregnant women just don't mix. 

We tried to make these guys come closer, but electrical fences and pregnant women just don't mix. 

My boys.  Even baby Henry.  Kole will be taller than me by next summer.  Crazy! 

My boys.  Even baby Henry.  Kole will be taller than me by next summer.  Crazy! 

It's important to teach your grandparents yoga on camping trips.  Noted! 

It's important to teach your grandparents yoga on camping trips.  Noted! 

Rule #1 - Always look cute when camping. 

Rule #1 - Always look cute when camping. 

Some of the family.  My parents and my sisters family. :) 

Some of the family.  My parents and my sisters family. :) 

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