|Lake Winfield Scott|
I explained to Patrick that we may be going to a place in the woods that didn't have bathrooms and what we would do if that was the case. I wasn't sure how he would react. He didn't hesitate in his response, telling me with wide eyes that he'd better start practicing right away. We ended up opting for a campground that did have facilities since this was our first time camping (not including in front of the cabin-if that counts) with the kids. So we blocked off our only free weekend in June and the kids counted down the days until we left.
Little did we know that our camping weekend would be one of the hottest of the summer, record highs were expected in Georgia. We weren't sure how the trip would go with the heat- how would the kids nap in 105+ degree weather, outside, in a tent...hmmm. Would they be comfortable enough to sleep through the night in the sticky, summer humidity? Hiking was out for certain but at least there was the lake... With many thoughts and some concerns we decided to do what parents do when they want to try something new with kids but just aren't sure of the outcome: go for it and hope for the best.
And, it ended up being the best. The weather was about 20 degrees cooler than in Woodstock which made for comfy sleeping, especially since our tent was in the shade for the last part of the day. The kids enjoyed every part of the trip; "pinching" the tent, cooking meals over the fire, walking through the woods to the bathrooms, showering with Daddy Longlegs after swimming in the lake (Patrick was sure the spiders followed him in because he was an animal rescuer and Maddy couldn't stop saying how cute they were), skipping rocks, fishing, catching beetles, millipedes, butterflies and every other little creature they could get their hands on; and, the most fun thing of all - sleeping in the tent.
|Cheering for Daddy while he skips rocks on the water|
|Early morning fishing|
|Excited to use the jig poles we made|
|My best girl|
|Checking out a Rhino Beetle|
Plenty more pictures in the slideshow (and here's the link to the gallery)...