Monday, April 14, 2014

Camping adventures

On March 28th, we began a successful camping trip. By successful, I mean that no one got any serious head injuries and we were prepared for the sub-40s temperatures.

I took the afternoon off from work Friday to come home early so we could finish packing and head out early. We went to Lake Ray Roberts State Park this time. On the way, we stopped by Collin College so Heather could ask about their nursing program. While there, Sara Beth, Hudson, and I wandered around the campus. The kids found a stream where they could throw rocks in and started the camping trip off right by getting their feet all muddy.
When we got out to the camp site, the kids were eager to start digging into the soft drinks. They were ecstatic to discover that Heather and I were a little more generous when it came to how much they got. Hudson probably went through 6 bottles over the course of 2 days.
This time, there were no surprises with the tent. It setup in just a few minutes and didn't rip apart once it was all erected.
Heather and I worried less about Hudson tripping and falling into the fire this time, but we still had to stop him from running too close to it. We encouraged the kids to go wander and play further away from the fire. There was a playground about 50 yards from our tent, and we let the kids play over there.
The highlight of the camping trip for some are the S-Mores.
Some kids make more of a mess while eating the S-Mores than others.
On Saturday, we went hiking on a horse trail. We saw frogs, horses, and tree stumps that appear to have been chewed by beavers. Heather found the remnants of a beaver lodge too.  
It did get a little cold at night, but we were prepared with double fleece pajamas for the kids. Sara Beth decided to sleep under her air mattress instead of on top of it. The only complaint we had was that some of our fellow campers continued to be rather loud past 10pm.
Once we got home, it was time to get everyone washed up and ready for another week of school.

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