It's history! After we planned and prepped and gathered necessities, we drove out last weekend to what felt like the middle of nowhere to see what we were made of.
We arrived at camp after work and got our setting up done before dark. From there, our youngest had a wild night crying in his sleep. We couldn't figure out why until he rolled from the air mattress onto the empty sleeping bag on the floor. His older brother had abandoned it early in the night, but he settled right down. Apparently, the air mattress wasn't rugged enough for him.
The next morning began so beautifully for 5:30 AM. Fog covered the hills flanking the lake, and a huge flock of geese came to the field behind us to find breakfast. Got the kids dressed, and our Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster were up and making coffee. First camping tip- travel with a Cub Scout troop.
Then the rain started. We waited for awhile, but it ramped up and we had to take shelter in our tent from the downpour. First test of my tent pitching skill- passed! Our Coleman Sundome made it, and the boys passed the time snacking and, for my oldest, pretending to freak out about thunder.
What the youngest thought about the rain.
When we reemerged, our shoes got soaked on the wet grass, but breakfast made things a bit brighter. The kids played on a playground by the lake, and we generally tried to avoid the geese that tromped the grounds soiling everything and generally being terrible. Picturesque, well-organized, but terrible.
Look at the kids following- so jealous.
From there we swam in the lake and had a picnic on the shore. Camping tip two- reapply when you put sunscreen on the kids again. You're worth it, and doing otherwise will remind you why all your hobbies usually occur indoors.
We learned a lot. Fans are friends, and a cool midday shower makes your troubles melt like a half-eaten peanut butter sandwich in the sun. My favorite successful execution, however, was the hand washing station using my soap leaves and a beverage jug.
The plastic jug was on sale at Target, and the spigot style made it perfect for this use. It didn't require effort after turning the handle, so you could scrub your hands without the water cutting off. A must when the restrooms are far away.
We ended the day relaxing and playing a card game we'd never played, "We Didn't Even Playtest This." It was so absurd that even when the kids lost, they laughed (most of the time).