Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Camping Trip #1 for Summer 2012

The reason why I titled this Camping Trip #1 is because I foresee many camping trips for us this summer.  Last Wednesday was Daddy and I's 14th wedding anniversary.  We didn't have a sitter for the girls though until Thursday night so we decided to take the girls camping and celebrate with them.  We headed to a local state park and on a whim bought an annual park pass since we will be visiting the parks a lot this summer.
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We have only gone camping one other time as a family two summers ago when Pumpkin was just one year old. In fact she and I didn't even stay overnight since she was such an early riser (4:45 a.m.) who liked to scream her head off. We didn't think the other campers would appreciate that. So this was actually our first real camping trip as a family and it was so much fun! Can you believe I am saying that? I can't. I think I really impressed Daddy by actually showing some excitement about our adventure as he could be a camp-aholic.  That was probably the best anniversary gift for him. 
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The park we visited had a small waterfall and stream that ran through it. That was our first stop after setting up our camp site. We had a ball wading in the stream. We saw lots of minnows, water bugs and snails.
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After the stream adventure we headed back for supper which of course was hot dogs roasted over an open fire. How can you go camping without roasting hot dogs? They are just so tasty that way? The girls sure thought so. Camping Trip
After supper we headed to the playground for a bit then once the girls got wind of marshmallows, we were on our way back to the camp site to roast them. When we got back I noticed our basket was a bit wonky. Then I noticed a bag of tortilla chips was missing, along with a bag of goldfish crackers AND OUR MARSHMALLOWS! Culprit: Raccoons!
Victim: One 5 year old girl brought to tears over not being able to roast marshmallows.
Rescuer: Mommy who ran into the local town to buy more marshmallows!
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After marshmallows we took a family visit to the pit potties which did NOT receive the stamp of approval from Peanut who looked straight down them first thing. Rule #1 when primitive camping, "DO NOT ever under any circumstances look into the pit potty!" Then it was time for bed. We only had Daddy's 2 person tent so we squished all in and were very cozy all together. Camping Trip
We had a relatively good night of sleep. One girl woke up at 6:30 a.m. screaming and crying but got settled down and went back to sleep for a bit longer, thankfully! The next wake-up everyone woke up happy.
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(Pumpkin is scoping the scene making sure the "ractoons" were gone after terrorising us all the night before.) Camping Trip
After a yummy breakfast of fruit and oatmeal we tore down the camp site and headed out for a 2 mile hike. Peanut found a snail that she let climb all up her hand and wrist. The slime didn't bother her one bit!
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The girls did great. Pumpkin had to be held the last leg of the hike but that was all. Camping TripCamping Trip
We had a wonderful time. This park was really set up well for tent camping which makes me want to go back which makes Daddy very happy. The girls were awesome and had a ball. It was just a great way to start our summer vacation!
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Happy Anniversary, Honey!!! Camping Trip

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