Saturday, September 10, 2011

4 days in the wilderness -- our most recent camping adventure

I guess technically it was 2 full days, one night, and one morning.  Any way you slice it, I was making pishy in the woods from Friday to Monday, so, go me!

Our favorite spot was taken *note to selves, leave a little bit earlier on holiday weekends*, so it took us until about 8 or 8:30pm to find a camping site.  We even looked in the campground (FULL) and eventually found a perfect piece of land off some dirt roads in the woods. 

I have something like 200 pictures, but I decided to just post my Top 10 favorite moments:

Moment #1:   Cam & Ethan find the biggest stump of wood and roll/push/prod it over to our firewood pile.  We didn't burn it actually, we used it to hold our water cooler.  :)IMG_4871


Moment #2:  some pretty decent pics with the kids actually looking at the camera.  I tried more, this time around, to get the kids to stop what they were doing and look at me, as opposed to my just taking random photos.  Notice how Cameron buttons his shirt collars all the way up. . . even while camping.IMG_4887

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Moment #3:  It is a pain and a half getting the boat and trailer down the boat launch backwards, and even more of a pain finding parking on a holiday weekend. But once we got the boat in the water and all of our occupants safely on board, it was Bliss.IMG_4933IMG_4917IMG_4916IMG_4915      



Moment #4:  mud bank!!  The kids were a little tentative at first.  But it didn't take long for them to dive right in!   This was their favorite part of the whole weekend, by the way.   IMG_4974

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Moment #5 I didn't get a picture of.  If we're up there camping for more than 2-3 days, we like to buy one meal at the little Cafe they have up near the Reservoir.  It's just a little mom n' pop place, but the eating is good!  I had a tuna melt, Dan had a bacon cheese burger, Cameron had a hotdog, Ethan had fish sticks, and Sean had a cheese burger.  It gave us a chance to use a real bathroom and wash our hands really well too.  :)


Moment #6:  Game nights.  Didn't get too many great pictures--I was too busy losing--but it was fun! IMG_5023


Moment #7:  Dan learned how to make a hammock out of an old blanket.  So Sunday morning when we were chilling and relaxing, he built this little hammock and we all took turns destroying it sitting in it.  It was actually pretty cool.





Moment #8:  blowpop break.  'Nuff said. IMG_5099



Moment #9:  Sunday afternoon's weather.  Just in time for the heat of the day, a storm came through and lightly drip-dropped on us, lowering the temp about 15 degrees, providing some much needed shade, and a perfect opportunity for me to read/take a nap in the tent.  For 3 hours.  Niiiiice.

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Moment #10:  the boys build a fort.  They did this while I was napping.  They put every single rock there--with Dad's help of course.  Kept them occupied for hours.IMG_5108 IMG_5104 IMG_5107



We were off by 9:30 the next morning, came home, showered, and did 3 loads of laundry, frying our dryer.  {PS anyone trying to sell a used one?  We're in the market!!}  You should have seen the state of the bathtubs afterwards!  That's the mark of  a good time, right?  *grin*


laurie said...

your camping trip looks like a blast! and you got so many great pictures. i enjoy seeing kids do the kinds of things we used to do - build forts, play in the mud, gather wood. those are memory keepers.

Courtney said...

What fun. We love camping:)

Anonymous said...

What a cool little trip, mud, rocks, dirt, yup, you definitely have all boys!


Jenna said...

Your camping posts always inspire me! Looks amazing, I love the mud photos

Jennifer ♥ said...

I'm not a fan of camping, but this looks fun! Love the mud bank - I would have gotten in that!

jinxi~ aka angi said...

I want to camp there!! Pretty!