This past weekend all 5 kids, Stacy, myself and Sierah’s boyfriend Marcus packed up two cars and headed for the hills……well Pokagon State Park to be exact. (For another fun filled weekend of camping.)
Only one problem, upon arrival there was a large sign….CAMP-GOUND FULL. (ugh, so much for planning ahead and making reservations on my part….reservations for camping and it’s not the 4th of July….who’d of thunk it?)
Okay, so here I am with 8 people, two cars full to the hilt with camping necessities and nowhere to go….freakin’ ”camp ground full”……I wanted to scream. This was NOT part of the plan.
We decided to enter the park, cook lunch on the grill and pray for a cancellation. No luck, camp ground was still full….so we decided to try another place….a place that hung somewhere in the remote parts of my memory. Bixler Lake….(It was that or pitch the tent in the back yard and that suggestion didn’t go over so well.)
In a near by small town there is a small lake that I use to take my children to. Half of the lake is a city park and the other half is a campground. It was a charming little place that the kids always enjoyed and these trips the kids loved cost me nothing more than a $2 entry fee and gas to get there and back. (Day trip with 5 kids and two dogs….priceless….(well actually $20 bucks tops.) We had never camped there, just taken the day trips…. and once while we were day tripping it, we drove thru the camp ground to kind of get the feel of the place….it was small, but clean and quiet…..right on the lake. I remember saying….”This would be nice to camp here one day….”
So at 6:00PM Saturday evening we headed off to our second destination, not knowing if it would also be full or not, but we were ready to make a move and the kids were all looking at me kind of crazy…..I dreaded running into another “camp-ground full” sign…..they might all decide to put me out in the middle of the street and leave me…..pray for an opening.
Luckily after an hour drive…. and me racking my brain trying to remember how to get there…..we were lucky they had some available spaces……YES….I knew God would answer my no camp grouond full sign prayers….(no walking home for me.)
We pitched the tent, cooked on the open fire, swam in the lake, roasted marshmallows, played football and swatted mosquitoes to our hearts content…..Ah, the joys of camping…
We had a ball, came home exhausted, everything smelling like smoke and or wet and broke….I had $2 to spare……phew, but it was fun!!.
Oh, did I mention we are going back Friday?