Camping Update, and More Creepy Crawlies!

We had a great, albeit short camping trip these past few days. We have the convenience of having a wonderful state park less than 10 miles away, with great campsites and nearly pristine bathrooms (a huge plus for me!). On Sunday I conveniently went grocery shopping with the three younger boys and sent Andrew and Matt on ahead to choose a campsite. By the time I got to camp, our tents were all set up! So I got to indulge in my favorite of all camping activities, reading. I’m currently rereading Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havanaby Isadora Tattlin. It is one of my favorite summer reads…I feel like I am with her in Cuba, sipping a Mojito. In reality I was sitting in a camp chair sipping a Sierra Mist Ruby Splash overlooking the Missouri River, but hey…at least it was not hot and humid!

As the afternoon wore on, I noticed people paying a bit more attention to the fishing area just beyond our campsite. I thought someone had caught a really big fish! But when I put down my book to check it out, look what I saw!!! Yes, indeed, that is about a four foot long Bull Snake. The fact that it is not venomous does not make me feel that much better! I went back to our site and made sure that our tents were zipped up really well!

We ate well, of course. We have switched over to almost exclusively using our Dutch Oven for cooking, and we had some favorites made over the coals, a tasty beef stew, the Thompson traditional Mountain Man Breakfast, and I whipped up a delicious Berry Cobbler for dessert on our first night. I think we need to get a second dutch oven so I can cook two dishes at once, plus once we have four teens, our current pot will not make enough food!

We had a great time, but guess what I get to work on now? You guessed it, laundry! Have a great Tuesday!

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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!