A huge batch of calzones, a batch of homemade granola bars and pancake mix and a test recipe of homemade bug spray can only mean one thing -
Our first camping trip of the season. We headed out on Wednesday to meet up with some homelearning families for a long weekend camp-out. Our family camps a lot but it is a special treat to go camping with friends.
There were fun hikes and lots of wildflowers to take photos of.
There was lots of rain and lots of dewdrops.
We all had lots of paddling time - I so enjoyed going out on my kayak and seeing S spend some time fishing,
coming across the "big boys" exploring the shores with their canoe,
coming upon the "little boys" trying out a homemade fishing rod in the canoe all by themselves, (E was very proud to be able to be out on his own with his friend.)
and just sitting back and enjoying the sights and sounds from my kayak whenever the sun came out.
There was lots of fishing.
And Catching! E's first fish - he brought in two and cooked them up.
There was a busy mama! 12 babes.
There was time for games and campfire songs. We taught our friends one of our favourite campfire games - the burning ember game. (Truly, it IS good to play with fire!)
E made a torch out of a stick, old man's beard and lots of pitch. It worked really well.
There were the obligatory s'mores.
And, my favourite, rocks warmed over the fire, wrapped in a towel and tucked into our sleeping bags. Bliss! The weather was not quite as warm as usual and so these rocks, as well as impromptu hot water bottles made from our Kleen Kanteens filled with boiling water and tucked into an oven mitt, made sleeping in the tent cozy and comforting.
Such a fun time. Now, since we have such a good recipe for homemade pancake mix we'd better see how many more camping trips we can fit into this summer.