This was our second year for the local Not Back to School Campout. And it was a great time! This year, Mom and Chris joined the girls and I. It's during the week, so it makes it hard for John to come, but maybe one year he'll be able to at least stop by and say hi while we are camping. We stay at Oxbow which is about 40 minutes from home.
This year, I packed the van to the brim for our 3 night stay. Partly because I wanted to get the girls' bikes in the van. And boy was I glad I did. They LOVED being able to bike around the huge campsite and have the freedom to explore.
My friend Hanukkah setting up her tent.
Cutie pie Maddie.
A deer came right up on the first night and had to check out everyone's tables to see if anything was of interest to her!
First morning, Izzie, Maddie and Esperanza. The nights get pretty chilly, but by afternoon it was nice and warm each day so we had to bring lots of clothes and layers.
Due to a surprising lack of rain the past winter, our summer was dangerously dry. We were under fire bans. The state was just starting to lift them before our campout because of recent rains, but Oxbow isn't a state park and they opted to stay under the ban. So once again, I cooked on Mom's coleman stove and I have to say, I was getting pretty good at it!
I had Maddie and Izzie help Nanna wash the dishes. (I did all the cooking and Mom did "most" of the dish washing.) But Maddie and Izzie made it look like enough fun that Ezra and Esperanza wanted to join in, so we had quite the assembly line!
I brought the slackline again this year and it was a HUGE hit.
Kiki and her girls' came up for the day and we had a fun time. We were camping with about 20 other families, but apparently I only took photos of Kiki, Hanukkah and my family!
Down by the river. The water is way too cold in September to actually swim in it, but getting our feet wet is fun.
Wowsers to no make up while camping and bright light to wash our faces out, but hey, we were having a great time and that's what counts, right? Me, Hanukkah and Kiki.
Uh oh, Ezra caught me trying to take a photo of his mom reading to him.
Headlamps and glow sticks at night. Way cool.
This was "The Reading Club." Matter of fact, unless these girls were biking or running, they were reading. Izzie, Maddie and Esperanza.
Making pancakes for breakfast our second morning at camp. Poor Mom, I got hungry by the time I made her pancake so I served it a bit undercooked... oops!
Maddie and Izzie.
More reading club. Izzie, Maddie and Nanna.
John should skip the next two images so that he'll still actually want to come camping with us one day....
The deer came back the third night and was walking around and around my tent. It kept freaking me out while I was zipped up in the tent. I had to double check it really was a deer and not a bear!
When I rolled up my tent, there were these "trenches" all under it. Apparently something was burrowing around under the tent. I didn't feel anything, but I have no idea what made these wiggly lines. They were about 1.5" across and they were all under where my tent tarp was. Sure was bizarre!
We broke camp but Maddie didn't want to leave. She held out until the very, very end, reading her book.