Ok, remember my post from last month? How To Go Bat Shit Crazy Or Taking 4 Kids Camping... Well we did it again a couple of weeks ago. Only we went out of state and went for an entire week. What? Are we freakin' crazy?
Ok, this time we did remember the tent poles. (However we ended up losing the bag that holds the tent that contains the instructions. Apparently it blew away in the wind. Hopefully now that we've set it up twice we don't need the instructions.)
We did bring plenty of things to do...handheld video games, 2 portable DVD players and loads of movies, horse shoes, badminton (which never did get set up or played), and croquet (which was a big hit.)
We went to Indiana Beach in Monticello, IN. We cooked all of our meals, except for donut runs for breakfast 2 days because we forgot to bring single serve coffee packets (like tea bags, only they are coffee bags). (Yes! I know! How can you forget coffee?) Well, coffee was purchased, but somehow didn't make it into the stuff that got loaded into the camper and van. I think the big hit of the week was the Pita Pizzas I made on the grill. (You use pita bread instead of dough and then pile on sauce, cheese and whatever toppings you want.)
Most mornings I had my coffee with the birds. Usually the kids would take off for somewhere (restrooms, showers or the camp store, or just walking to get kindling sticks for the fire) and I'd be left alone to contemplate my navel while I had coffee. Every morning after the kids took off, the birds came in to pick at any cereal they left behind. (Wish I had a photo, but they moved in so quickly there was no time.) Relaxation at it's finest!
My son got a bit of heat stroke after the day at the amusement park. All of us will definitely remember this camping trip as the one where he horked after downing a sports drink. I soaked a bandana with cool water and sent him into the air-conditioned trailer for the rest of the day. (See, having an air-conditioned trailer has it's perks.) By evening he was fine. Oh, and just a tip, if you use that spray-on sunscreen...don't spray it on in the wind. His back had a nice wavy design of white skin and sunburn from where the sunscreen hit and didn't hit.
Mosquitoes were aplenty and using any of the spray-on repellents proved futile...for me anyway. I finally gave up on that stuff after 3 days. I was getting eaten alive anyway, so why deal with the nasty smell and stickiness? Every single bite I had swelled up and blistered and filled with fluid, even when I completely avoided scratching. They haven't all healed yet and I look like I have some disease.
Fun was had by all! Even though my kids have sworn off camping, we know they had a blast. (They've been telling everyone else they had a blast.)
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