This past week my family and I went camping with another family from church.
We hooked up our 33-year-old Starcraft tent trailer, loaded the bikes onto the bike rack, and double-checked everything. We had our supply of snacks for the 1 1/2 hour drive and I had my supply of books. 🙂 We each had a brief lunch (my brothers each had a slice of cold pizza — a “pleasure” which I have not yet been able to look fondly upon).
We got there later in the afternoon. It was a dark and stormy night… They were forecasting rain, which we got just as we were finishing setting up. The family we were camping with had come the day before and came to rescue us with umbrellas. 🙂 The moon was full and very bright. Not a yellowish-orange or anything, but a pure, clear white. It was really beautiful. There were lots of clouds left over from the earlier showers.
One day we played this game called Foxes and Hounds…which is basically a glorified game of Hide-and-Seek…but way cooler and more mature. 🙂 Not that Hide-and-Seek can’t be mature, but at least this way we look like we are more complex and creative than the average people. 😉 There are two foxes and they leave an hour ahead of the hounds (everyone else). They basically leave clues all over the place, like notes, arrows in the ground, etc. and the hounds’ goal is to find the foxes who are waiting at the end. This was our fourth clue…which gave us the most trouble because we missed a bunch of arrows. But we figured it out after 25 minutes — so no worries. 🙂 It was all made better at the end when our mothers (who were the foxes) bought us all ice cream. 😀
While walking a trail we found trees that had been chewed by beavers! It was really neat. Apparently the beavers decided they didn’t need this tree. I can just imagine the beavers spending a ton of time chewing that thing…and they just need one more hunk out of this tree and it’s done! Then the Mr. Boss Beaver comes up and is like, “We don’t need that tree! We need that one!” (He points to a tree that is really really thin and would take 2 bites to get through). Other beavers: “Ugghhh!” hehe.
When we first pulled into the beach parking lot, I saw this huge hornets’ nest. It was SO cool! It was 8 – 12 inches long, and 6 – 8 inches wide. It’s amazing how the hornets make it all swirly and stuff. I wanted to get all the hornets out of it and take home the empty nest. But that would be weird. And slightly dangerous, when it comes to the hornets. So I decided against it.
Beach days included reading. Forever n’ ever…amen. (: I recommended this book to my younger brother. I read it for school in grade 9 English class. He is really enjoying it. I am aware that this is not a picture of my brother but of my friend who was browsing through it. 🙂
One of the best parts about going to beaches on sunny days is seeing all the cute umbrellas. 😀 At least for me it is. And swimming. And taking pictures. And reading. And eating yummy treats. And — I’ll stop now.
This camping trip was a lot of fun. We went for five nights. I got sick on the second day but it was more like a cold which turned into a slight fever for one of the days. The fever broke that night, however. I had some really low-energy points; but all in all, it was a lot of fun! Can’t wait for next year!