Over the weekend we finally spent a weekend camping. We had really hoped to do a lot more camping over the summer, but due to the changes with my work schedule and just general being busy we didn’t make it until last Friday. Cody was able to take the day off and we headed to Smith and Morehouse by noon.
It’s been roughly a year since our last camping trip and it was slightly less stressful this time around. The boys while still wanting to run around like crazy understood that they needed to stay near us, out of the water and after a few time outs give the fire ring plenty of space.
We found a beautiful campsite lots of trees, the river running roughly 15 feet behind the tent and a bunch of small trails the boys could wander without being out of sight. I didn’t take any pictures of the site just tried to get pictures of the boys and Cody. I didn’t even pick up the camera on the night we arrived. Cody set up the tent and we took a few walks around the campground sticking to the paved trails until dinner time.
The boys seemed to forget how to walk over the weekend, the number of times they tripped over their own feet on level ground was amazing. At first we thought it was just that they were wearing their crocs instead of their sneakers, but after hearing them begging for food every two hours we had to assume they are growing again and are adjusting to it. We had an easy dinner of hot dogs (hot dog sandwiches as the boys call it) and I made some tinfoil veggies for Cody and I after the boys were asleep.
It was a pretty chilly night, getting down into the 40s and we were so grateful to have the tent heater. We also found out that our air mattress had a slow leak. It was find and comfortable enough for the first 3 hours before it became uncomfortable. Still hard to beat falling asleep with the sound of running water next to the tent.
The boys woke us up, singing to themselves and talking about camping at 7:30 which is sleeping in for them. We got dressed handed out bagels and went for a short hike to the start of the trailhead to Island Lake, the full hike is 12 miles and we made it maybe 1/4 of a mile up the trail before heading back. It was still nearly a mile back to the campsite and the boys were cranky. We got back to the camp for another round of food. Including introducing them to their first fluffernutter sandwiches. They were fans. This was all by 10:30 am.
Given their overwhelming crankiness and needing to drive out far enough to get cell service we loaded the boys up to visit the reservoir for some rock throwing. They fell asleep on the drive (thank goodness) so we extended the drive to give them a good half hour of sleep before some quality time throwing rocks.
Andrew shouting for me to hurry up, so much for trying to just take pictures.
A lot of rocks were thrown and the boys had a blast doing so. They continue to refuse to look at the camera for the most part the entire time. We spent a good hour trying to keep them from soaking their shoes and pants before heading back to the campsite to wait for our brother-in-law and kids to join us.
They arrived and did some exploring around the campsite, set up their tent and we headed back to the reservoir for more rock throwing and some fishing. The boys were completely entranced with the idea of fishing, they have toy magnetic fishing poles but they’ve never really seen a real fishing rod. It was just short of hero worship watching their uncle.
We watched more fishing, the boys were really excited about it.
We threw more rocks (so much fun) I have a ton of pictures of the backs of heads and from the side. Then it was back to the campsite for dinner and a little time around the fire before the kids needed to get to bed.
I put the camera down for the rest of the night, but I know Cody took some shots. The 4 three year olds got settled in for the night while the guys went on a big foot hunt. After the kids went to bed, we stayed up for a few hours to burn most of our remaining firewood.
Sunday was another early morning, we were packed and out of the campground by 10 am. The boys again had bagels for breakfast, looking super happy about it.
Lucky for me their cousin was able to get them laughing.
Still trying not to look at me, but at least they were smiling. We are planning on camping again next weekend, but closer to home. By then we’ll have our air mattress fixed and maybe I’ll be less stressed about the boys and relax a bit.