Monday, June 22, 2009

camping success

the girl kayaking
some gorgeous daylilies growing by the bank where we fished

the hubs' first catch


the ginormous beetle that came to visit us the first night


despite the heat, we had a great time camping : )

when we were setting up our tent we soon realized that we were missing some poles. we have a three part tent--one main tent w/ two smaller tents that hook to the sides. we were missing poles for the big main tent so the hubs and i slept in one of the small ones and the kids slept in the other. we made do.

this is a short post cos i have elebenty billion things to do today--laundry, unpack, etc.
i think despite the heat and bugs we all had a great time.
here is our wildlife count:

fish caught: 8 (3 were by the girl)
snakes seen in the water: 2
fox seen in the woods 10-15 from our camp fire: 1
owls heard at night: at least 1
grandaddylong legs: 5,876,901
ticks: i personally saw 3, fortunately they were not attached to a person
frogs: 3
huge ass beetle: 1

both friday and saturday we fished--well, i fished a bit on friday but read while they were fishing on saturday. we lucked out on saturday and an outdoor outfitter set up kayaks near where we were fishing and gave free demo rides. it was a hoot. my bro and nephew went out in one, the boy and i in another and the girl in one by herself. (the hubs was fishing and the sil had taken puddin to her mom's for the day/night. puddin made it through one night on her first camping trip). i think the kids really enjoyed the kayaking, and so did i.

9 comments:

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Looks like a lot of fun, glad you were all able to get away together.

Ali said...

Looks like you had a really fun time. I don't like the look of the bug though!

Anonymous said...

It really looks like a nice trip, the kayaking looks fabulous! tracy

Hotch Potchery said...

I really want to try kayaking. When we visited California last year there were people kayaking out by the sea lions and I was completely jealous. But I was fairly certain my fat junk would sink one of those plastic boats.

Oh, and I haven't mailed you the book yet. I will though. Pinky Swear.

Gal Friday said...

Now that sounds like a successful camping trip if you heard at least one owl at night(love that!! Or whipporwills)and saw one "huge ass" beetle!! :-)
This is the second year in a row I haven't done what once was an annual sumnmer solstice camp-out with friends...reading your blog makes me want to start that tradition up again sometime.

The kakaking photo looks so peaceful and makes me want to be there doing that!

Hope you are mostly done wiuth the laundry and getting back to normal after the camping(always hate that part--unpacking and washing everything)

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

How fun! (minus the beetle- yuck!) I can't wait to go kayaking with the girls- so glad they enjoyed it!

Astarte said...

I'm glad you had a good time! Kayaking sounds fun. That bug, though, might have sent me home. Could it fly, or just crawl? Crawling is OK, flying = getting in the car and going to a hotel.

drollgirl said...

it sounds like you had a blast!!! i am not really an outdoorsy kind of girl, but i always figured the outdoor and adventurous types get the most out of life.

Penny said...

I'm so jealous of your camping trip!Just this weekend my boyfriend,his dad and I talked about how much we'd like to go camp somewhere,but it's way too cold for that at the moment.Sounds like your girl is quite a fisherman.