As summer is coming to an end we decided to go for one last summer hurrah. I would like to say we spent it on a tropical island.
Or diving in coral reefs.
That is not at all something I would do. Especially after seeing shark week. But don't they look so cute as they look scared the shark will eat them.
Nope we did not go anywhere exotic or beachy :( My boys love camping so we loaded up the truck and went. We have been camping for years. We often go to new places to see more of what is around us. We headed just a little more than an hour north to Little Buffalo State Park. We had never been here before so we thought why not try it. It was close to home, had a great pool, and a stocked lake.
They were so happy to go. They had it circled on the calendar when we were leaving but that still did not stop them from asking every morning is it time yet? We left Tuesday morning and came back Friday afternoon. Just a short trip because after all we would be camping with the worlds cutest 1 year old and who knows how that would go. Plus 4 days 3 nights is long enough for me. I love being with my family, but I love being clean and camping is anything but that. Plus even though we have an air mattress I do not like sleeping outside and especially on the ground. I won't even bring up the bugs.
We got to do some hiking on our trip.
The boys were old enough they could do about a mile worth of walking. Smiley had it easy.
We hiked along the lake.
It was an easy path that for the most part was smooth walking. It had two mooring points and a few docks we stopped at. Each one making the kids more persistent about lets go out in a boat.
I asked Gregory what was your favorite part about camping?
1. The swimming pool!!!
2. Going on the boat. But he also said he would have liked it better if his Dad would have took him super speed.
3. Playing with his friends.
Jay and the big boys went out in a little motorized row boat for the reasonable price of $22 an hour! They brought along their fishing equipment in hopes to catch some of the large fish this like is stocked with. The day before a guy had caught a fish larger than the kids. So the motored the little boat all over looking for the best spot.
They got out to the middle and realized they forgot the bait! Instead they hooked fake wiggly things and colorful looking worms that came with the tackle box on the lines and casted them out.
Twenty minutes in and no bites the boys were bored.
Smiley was to little to be on a boat. So he and I stayed a shore. But boy did he want to go. He kept peering through the railing watching his brothers, screaming for them, and crying because he could not go. It was a pretty dramatic time for him. He flopped through his head into his hands and sobbed. It broke my heart but it is just not safe for baby on a boat. I took him to the playground and that seemed to help.
Evan cutie pie what are you looking at?
The trees. What is up in the trees? Is it a bear? No, it is a monkey boy! Gregory! To high for comfort. Gregory get down. Get down before you fall down.
Jay loves to cook. So we did a lot of eating while on our trip.
Sometimes we devoured healthy snacks.
We spent a great deal of time cooking and eating and waiting. It takes great making food out there but it does take a bit longer.
Jay made a tripod for cooking with the dutch oven or he has a grill that can be attached. He is proud of it and used it to make a Neeley's meal for us.
After all that eating, even a day of hiking will not take care of all the calories we took in. Oh well it was good.
Of course we had to do S'mores. The children asked as soon as we got there. Every time we made a fire. We did, a few times. Even once for breakfast!
I would often find Smiley relaxing along the side of the tent. He thought it was just so cool. He would fall back the tent would catch him and he woul be sitting all relaxed with the biggest smile cackling. Evan joined him and he thought this was even better. His big brother to love and play with.
But as much as they loved they also fought. We had to bring the light sabers because you just can't leave home with out them. You never know when you might have to battle the dark side or a brother.
It was a good time and a great last trip of the summer. The boys enjoyed it and even with not even 24 hours home are asking to go back. I on the other hand think 4 days was plenty. Smiley is just to much work out there at this age. I am going to take a hiatus on camping for a while. I will tend to my babies for the next couple of years and let camping be a fun father and son activity.
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