Once the kids got busy with sports, and every weekend was filled with his or her games, camping went on the back burner. Before we knew it, 20 years had passed. Rusty? Nahh. We've still got the same bag packed with all the camping gear, the tent is still there, the lantern was ready, (missing a mantle or two, so it stayed home) Sleeping bags thrown in the car, cooler filled, and we were ready for a fun packed weekend with Lucy, Chris, and the kids. Suttle Lake here we come.
We traveled with Ty, and enjoyed his banter for the 2 hour drive. We talked forest fires, played slug bug, and have added slug prius to the mix. He's killing me at this game! I need more focus I guess.
Arriving at camp, we unloaded, and as Mark and I set up the tent, Ty went about making friends with the chipmunks. I told him when I was a little girl, they would come and eat out of my hand. He had a challenge, holding still long enough for a chipmunk to approach was the true challenge, but he did it! He said one chipmunk was his friend, but the other ones didn't know him yet. I was starting to get nervous that our bread supply wasn't going to last until the meal that it was intended for.
|Ty decided he wanted to stay in Tutu & Boppy's tent...me oh my, it was cozy!|
|sweet success! He was so excited! Later we would learn that his mother is less than thrilled with chipmunks. :-)|
|Poor Teak! He crawls everywhere, which isn't the best when camping. He puts everything in his mouth, which isn't the best since dirt, rocks, and pinecones aren't really on his meal plan.|
|The motley crew at breakfast. Hats, blankets and warm food got us ready to start our day.|
The best part of camping is making s'mores. Ty starts asking the minute we hit the campground, and the first thing when he wakes up. Ours were of a gourmet variety. Ty and I had made marshmallows from scratch on Thursday. They were cut into large squares ready to be roasted and put in between chocolate and a graham cracker. Lucy had milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and dark chocolate with caramel for us to choose from. Homemade marshmallows don't roast the same as store purchased ones. They are lighter and more delicate. We finally found the champion roaster, and he was put to the test, time and time again. Here's to Marshmallow Mark! Our hero.