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About That Camping Trip

It’s hard to believe, but our family camping trip was one month ago! At this point it feels like a lifetime ago but I have some great memories of fun. Or, as my kids have been known to call it, forced family togetherness.

We rented 2 sites together, one for Dale and I with our camper (and a pup tent for our grandson, Patrick), and one for the kids with their tents. It was a great set up and we shared many family meals at the picnic table that we situated between the sites.

We had campfires most every night, toasting marshmallows, sharing stories, listening to music, and gazing at the flames. It’s one of the highlights of any camping trip and I love that moment when fires start springing up throughout the campground.

The weather, to put it bluntly, was lousy. We had sun and beach time on the first day and then we had nothing but clouds until the last day. It was . . . fine . . . but also not what we had hoped for, ya know? We played games and read books and hung out, but definitely missed having long, lazy afternoons at the beach. It was good fishing weather, though, and Patrick took advantage of that.

There was one day where we had torrential downpours and the sites in front of us, as well as the road, flooded. Jackie loved playing in the pond that had once been a road and you can see just how deep it is from this photo given that the kids bike is nearly submerged.

Despite the weather, we had a really great time just being together. It took a fair amount of planning and cooperation to manage meals, moods, and expectations but we made it work. And I never left the campground once, from the Saturday we got there until the following Sunday when we left.

I call that a success.

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  1. I’m sure that does see forever ago given all that’s happened since. But what great memories of this summer. Those are the kind of memories that help winter pass with plans and anticipation for the coming summer.

  2. I am sorry your weather was not sunny but it seems like you all made your own sunshine! Well done and what fun!

  3. I know from experience how miserable it can be to camp in the rain (so many times we either set up or broke camp – or both!) in downpours. But all-in-all it looks like you had a nice time (even if the kids called it “forced family time together” – hahaha). Campfires are the BEST.

  4. It’s too bad the weather didn’t get the memo, but as you said, what matters is that you were together — and you all didn’t float away after that big rain!

  5. It looks like you all made the best of things despite the weather. (And that’s really what camping is all about, isn’t it?) I’m glad you and Dale weren’t in a tent!!! 😉 I’m glad you had a good time together!

  6. Forced family togetherness sounds quite successful! I wish that your weather had been better, but sometimes worse weather makes for good memories and stories.

  7. I must say, I can’t even tell the weather was lousy – the photos are great and how wonderful to have those memories of all that forced together time 😉

  8. It’s for exactly that reason that I hate tent camping! You all seem to have done pretty well, considering.

    Heading out with Ducky tomorrow for a couple of nights!! It’s been too long. 😉

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