Monday, August 03, 2009
We went camping this weekend....a trip that is actually worth writing about because Murphy was with us the ENTIRE time. His law WAS the law. Nothing went according to plan and it includes the following:
- set up camp in the rain
- went to a state park with our friends on the one good day of the weekend they went 1 hour earlier and we got turned away at the gate b/c they were at capacity...friends couldn't even come out even though they had a pass b/c then they wouldn't be let back in....dumb state park
- the river was overflowing it's banks, so we had 36 campers shoved into a tiny spot NEXT to our camper...that was fun
- mud mud mud everywhere
- we spent $200 extra at an indoor water park to kill a rainy day...go figure that one. The kids had fun at least.
- our car battery died right before we hooled up the trailer...had to get a jump from a gearhead next to our site. Thank God they were there... God bless them!!
The best time of the trip, besides spending quality time with our long distance friends was the 20 MINUTE CANOE TRIP we had while our friends were enjoying themselves at a park beach without us. We found the boating pond down the road from the park entrance and decided to just do it. The water was still, the time was right. We needed to get in the boat b/c we trekked the damn thing all the way up there to use it.
We got the gear on the kids and us, and then we got the boat down. Not too bad of a thing to do - in fact, very easy. We got to the water, where I got in first, then my middle son, then my oldest, and behind him (hidden from cameras, but controlled by my husband) was our youngest. Hubby jumped in after push off and away we went!!
SOOooooo quiet. Not a peep from the kids for the first time in DAYS. So still. So wonderful. It was perfect. The ONLY THING that went right the entire trip. No joke.
We spend 20 minutes on that pond, going up and down, around and around. I didn't want to tempt fate & my motherly instincts was saying that this could only last so long, so we turned back and had a perfect landing as well.
This was the best thing we did all weekend. Mission accomplished. Kudos to my husband for getting the canoe. He was right. We needed that canoe, even if for those perfect 20 minutes.