We arrived at the campsite just after 1 pm. Dh and Tim had the tents up in less than 20 minutes. We had two campsites so that Tim could have his own space and have a solo adventure with the support of his family within earshot. He spent a lot of time with us but also was able to get away and study his nature books and stay up as late as he wanted without disturbing little sleepers.
Several times the park rangers came around to warn us that a black bear kept visiting the campsite. The black bears in our area are quite aggressive and usually kill at least one person or family pet every year. So we kept a close eye out for a bear. Also, while Tim and I were on our way to the restroom, I was leading in the path. I heard a rattle and told Tim I thought there was a rattlesnake (timber rattlesnakes are in our area) on the path. Tim, in his cool man, macho manner (he works with all the reptiles at the nature center), pooh-poohed me and took the lead. Suddenly, he ran back, ran into me, and screamed, "Run, there's a rattlesnake up there!" We both kept bumping into each other as we got away and took a different path to get to the restroom. LOLOL
There was lots of fun to be had, such as:
Ghost story telling
Hot dog roasting
and campfire singing
Then came the part I was dreading, sleeping in the tent! Well, it wasn't too bad after all. The air mattress really did not stay very inflated and it was a noisy campsite. The campers around us did not settle down until long past 11pm. The kids woke up pretty cold at 5:40 am. I got up and with Tim's help got a fire going.
Good morning, Family, and Happy Father's Day! We had muffins and grapes for breakfast and broke camp pretty early. We were on the road to our hiking destination by 8:15 am.
Here is our little trail blazer. You can almost always find Little Red Riding Hood at the front on a hike.
We took a 2 mile round trip hike to a fire tower. As we got closer, the fog got thicker. It was neat being inside the clouds.
Things I learned ... for next time.
- Take more padding and bedding
- Take long sleeve clothes even if it is 90 degrees when you leave home
- Take rope and duct tape for emergencies
- They played so nice with the rocks and sticks ~ everything was more peaceful without toys.