Keryn (my sister in law), my son Ben, and I, went on a little over night camping trip yesterday. I wanted to camp in the forest so chose Bastrop SP. I'll probably not camp there again unless it's back country. The camp sites are too close to the highway and all I heard all night were trucks and cars. That sucked balls, but I know it's part of the territory when camping family style.
The other bothersome part of the trip was when a bunch of dads with their prissy little girls, at least 50 of them, showed up in the campgrounds. They identified themselves as "Indian Princesses". Gag! Obnoxious prissy little brats is more like it. They left the women's bathroom a horrid mess(I'll spare the details), which was not that way before they arrived. To make matters worse, they screamed and hollered for at least two hours before they moved on. Thankfully they didn't camp right there...that would have been too much for me.
How I long for a decent backpacking trip away from trucks, cars, and Indian Princesses. The LST calls...next weekend that's where I'll be hopefully.
On a positive note, Ben had a great time and that made me happy. He played on the playground for several hours and enjoyed roasting marshmallows, eating junk food, and playing in the tent. He was filthy from a day of play outdoors and enjoyed having a shower to clean up before bed. I then had to contend with the most wiggly four year old ever for the next couple of hours as he tossed and turned. He kept getting his sleeping bag messed up and I'd have to help him straighten it out. This went on what seemed like forever, but finally he zonked out. I was quite happy for the opportunity to relax and wait for sleep.
This morning we got up very early and headed for home. I was happy to do so since I knew I'd be walking later on to get some much needed exercise. Ben didn't want to hike and I didn't want to force him. I'd rather he enjoy the outdoor experience so he'll want to continue going without having bad memories of being made to hike and make him not want to go on trips.
Oh and the "green slime" that covered Thomas's car when he was in the piney forest covered mine too this trip. It's really just pollen, but a thin layer of green muck none the less.
Ahhhhh, Pine Forest. I love the carpet of pine needles on the forest floor.
Home sweet home away from home
Lots of stuff
I made fire. It was hard rubbing those two sticks together for so many hours...Ha! Had ya goin there for a second. ;)
Auntie Keryn and Ben enjoying a roasted Artichoke. They were tasty.
Ben getting assistance with marshmallow roasting
Notice the foil wrapped artichoke roasting in the fire
Mmmm, now it's smore time. Man it looks like all we did was eat eat eat!
That's a happy camper.