Our first camping adventure

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We’ve talked all summer about going camping. But that’s as far as we’ve gotten, is talking.  Well last week we were trying to think of something fun to do for Angel’s forever family day and since Pat had taken Friday off we decided to go camping.

It’s still camping if we have a cabin, right?

It’s still camping if we don’t spend the night, right?

Well, let’s back up.

We camped at Palisades Park which is about 15 minutes from us. We figured for our first experience we’d better stay local just in case.  We got there about 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon and were so pleasantly surprised at the cabin and the beautiful scenery.

The kids were SO excited and played on the top bunk while Pat and I unloaded and put away all the stuff for our one night adventure that turned into a 7 hour adventure.


Our first activity was to go swimming. Pat was so excited about this, which is weird because he hates to swim. But I guess the river that goes through this park has some pretty shallow parts.  So he took us on a wild goose chase trying to find the right spot.

And finally we did find it. And Pat was right, it was perfect.

This girl LOVES the water. She was in heaven.

This boy does not love the water. In fact for most of our time at the river he was saying, “Go back NOW!”. Finally we got him in the water with Daddy and he relaxed a little.

This guy. He’s weird.

Looking for rocks!

It was so beautiful sitting out there in the river soaking in the sun. But eventually we had to head back and get supper started.  We made, well I have no idea what they are called. Basically we put stew meat, sausage, potatoes, onions, peppers and carrots in tin foil and put it on the camp fire to cook. It was super tasty!

To make it even better we had a special guest! My mom came to town just to join us on our camping trip.  While we waited for supper the kids played and we all just hung out. It was so nice. The dogs were also enjoying themselves and their freedom!

After supper we went on a little hike which turned into a pretty big hike. Which turned into a really gross encounter with spiders.

There was a rocky, hilly part right outside our cabin. And then it turned into a beautiful valley along the river full of flowers.

And after walking through it for about 15 minutes we discovered the spiders.

There were hundreds millions of them! And of course our little bug lover had to stop and inspect every single one.

Eventually we went back into a rocky, hilly area where there were still lots of spiders. We found a nice place to take a family picture.

Except the bug lover was having a little too much spider overload. (There was a huge spider right behind us.)

We headed for the cabin with the anticipation of S’mores and Grandma Susie leading us in campfire songs!

Pat got the fire going quickly but the kids were not too excited about the S’mores. They said they were too messy. Well, ya.  So Mama, Daddy and Grandma enjoyed S’mores while the children enjoyed deconstructed S’mores.

Not the happy S’more face I was expecting!

“No thank you Mama. I’ll just have marshmallows.”

And that she did.  This girl’s got some skill.

Finally, it got dark and we sat around the campfire singing songs. So fun.

But not so much fun that we stayed the night.  At about 9:30 pm we decided to head for home and sleep in our own beds. My mom was planning to stay at our house anyway, I had to get up and run the next morning so we were going to head out pretty early and I’m sorry but going through the valley of the spiders totally freaked me out about sleeping in the wild, er cabin, with spiders.

So we wimped out and went home but we still consider it a successful camping trip and had so much fun!


2 thoughts on “Our first camping adventure

    LaRae Wendt said:
    August 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Missy,
    So glad you and your family got to enjoy eachother camping! I think your dinner in the tin foil is called a hobo, we that’s what my mom always called them. She would put hamburger, potatoes, and veggies in tin foil and either bake them for an hour or put them on the grill! So yummy!

      Missy responded:
      August 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      That’s it! Thanks, it’s been bothering me. 🙂 Hopefully next time our camping experience will last a little longer!

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