The beginning of the weekend was perfect to get out and camp, and we started out like pros Friday night after work. The sun set before we got to the Boy Scout reservation, but since we'd camped not-so-long ago we were able to put our tent up with relative ease. We even helped out around the camp; the newer tents around the same size all seem to have a similar concept.
Once we got our new mats and our sleeping bags, our kids went to sleep instead of playing in the dark with the others. They understand pacing themselves and beauty rest even now, and I consider that one of my parenting successes.
Our mats and sleeping bags made the tent feel massive compared to the air mattress we used last time. Although the kids still kicked and sprawled out, we could scoot away, so it made for a better night's sleep.
In the morning, breakfast and a hike to the playgrounds! The youngest and I explored and played some of the games, and we were all tired and happy by lunch.
Last campout, I tried a soap leaf technique using a vegetable peeler. I did not have the time to shave my soap this trip, so I chopped a bar of Dial into trial sizes and put them into a plastic container.
The soap has a good base for this- it's molded with feet to prevent slipping. When we got to the campsite, this method proved to be as good for a night or two stay. It still kept us from having to carry around wet soap and allowed us to shower at different locations. I'm still sold on the midday shower when it's hot, and since the camp had no hot water, it was even better knowing it was still warm out.
I also planned a Pinterest hack this trip with an over-the-door shoe organizer affixed to the side of the tent for shoe storage. We didn't quite get it right last trip and ended up with grass in our tent. After pitching the tent, I realized I'll just have to deal with it, because our tent had no sides to hang the organizer from. A dollar-store dustpan is now on the list.
When we get it right, we get to relax!
Learn exciting new things!
Dinner and a campfire with s'mores, some football and tag and action figures, then bed. Then, at 10:30, we all decided that the potential for bad weather was too high to continue the rest of the night. Those Boy Scouts are a machine; everyone helped out and got the whole crowd back on the road. It was so nice on Saturday to wake up with the birds chirping, and apparently our neighborhood flock of turkeys didn't want us to be disappointed on Sunday. They paraded by in the misty rain.
We still enjoy camping, we learned a lot, and we stayed cool.