The whirlwind of life continues at its typical crazy speed! Over Memorial Day weekend the kids and I went camping with friends of ours. It is at a ski area in NH where they have a variety of activities that all our kids enjoy. Tree top aerial adventures were the big hit this year for KC, Lissa and their 7 year old friend A. It was amazing to me to watch them learn how to use carabiners and a trolley to do a zip line. They traversed obstacles, walked on swinging logs and cheered each other on with enthusiasm and had an amazing time. KC who is usually my timid guy was in the lead both times through the course, his feet sure footed from his dance training.
Lissa was a rock star on the climbing wall. She truly climbs like a mountain goat--this girl is born for extreme sports I think! Both times she did the climbing wall she chose the route that had the over hang that you had to get up and over. Naturally, this was the hardest route, but honestly, she made it look easy.
Poor Rob had come because last year there was a skate park where he could do bike and skateboard tricks. He loved that and was there all day every day last year. This year they abolished the skate park but forgot to delete it from their website so we did not know until we arrived. I admire the way he handles disappointments though. He is gracious and never pouts or rants. He helped the littles out and spent time shooting pictures of the little kids. He did try the 20 foot stunt jump a few times and he took the kids up the mountain on the scenic chair lift ride. He did the water balloon fight game with the kids as well. He is not into rock climbing or the aerial tree top type things though. I love that he never complained or moaned about the loss of his favorite activity; he just found ways to participate.
Our campsite was beautiful, large, quiet, not too terribly far from the bathrooms. (always a plus when Lissa wakens me at 2 a.m.!) The first night was really really cold--32 degrees, but after that it got warmer each day.
We totally forgot one tote of our camping supplies so we left home my fire starters, my coffee pot and our cups. Of the 3 items, the only one I missed was the coffee pot. LOL I still made a campfire and did not need the fire starters--old Girl Scout training is still in effect! We used small bowls as our "cups" and looked a bit like pictures one sees of Mongols when we were sipping our OJ but it worked. I don't let forgetting something color an experience. We are there to have fun and there is always a work around if you think out of the box a bit.
On the last day we were there I bought myself a ticket and did the 20 foot stunt jump. It was a blast! I sort of forgot the pledge I made to my wife years ago when we expanded our family about not doing anything extremely dangerous. My friend videod the jump too so there was, as they say, incriminating evidence!
After long cold winter though, it felt amazing to be able to be outside for hours on end and we all had a really wonderful time. It may be the only camp out that Rob is able to come on this year depending on his work schedule.
He has been newly hired to work in the produce department of a local grocery store. I am proud that he has a summer job, and so is he. And this chain is known for being extremely good to its employees with bonus opportunities even for part time workers. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around camping without him--Rob is that really good camping helper who just knows exactly what to do without my even saying anything.