|We climbed a mountain!|
But, that's for tomorrow.
Tonight, let's talk about how we celebrated the last remaining days of summer.
Our friends Dann and Karen invited us to go camping with them this past weekend, Friday and Saturday evenings, returning home Sunday. They have two darling (identical!) twin boys, Noah and David to whom I taught Religious Ed three years ago now. They're members of the group of three families we get together with every so often, and with whom we love visiting.
We have so much in common with Dann and Karen and our children play together so beautifully (the boys are seven and a half), I knew this trip would be a blast. :o)
Peaks of Otter along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
May I just say I love car camping? :o)
So I might have been the only one gasping...but, come on, look at that view!
I can't complain. They did an excellent job. :o) I mean, look at all that room! The two campsites were along the bottom of a mountain, with nothing but forest beyond us. The moment they were free from the van, the girls took off with David and Noah and were soon exploring the wonders around them. It was delightful!
Meanwhile, B and Karen and I unloaded (Dann was cooking dinner).
I wanna go baaaaaaaack. Just looking at this makes me want to go back RIGHT NOW.
Sleep was elusive Friday night. You forget how all sounds are amplified in the dark and still of night in the woods. You forget how LOUD the cicadas can be. You forget how stuffy a tent can be when the breeze isn't blowing and the temps are above normal for this time of year.
I finally fell asleep only to be awakened multiple times by Bean (which is not at all shocking given her tendencies to not sleep when in a new situation), and then by the loud adults in a nearby parking lot. That parking lot didn't seem at all close by until the middle of the night when all I could hear were car doors slamming, giggling, and later fighting and yelling that I thought for SURE would lead to domestic violence. EEK!
We breakfasted and went out hiking a short loop.
We had to do this to BOTH boots.
I was NOT pleased.
We got in another four or so miles of hiking, though, so not all was lost. Too bad my feet could feel all the pointy jabby stones along the trail thanks to the loss of cushy foam...
B and I were in charge of dinner--steak fajitas!--and then there were more s'mores and marshmallow roastings and playing with sticks and fires.
We ALL slept more soundly Saturday evening.
B (and Dann and Karen) and I were all grumpy and disturbed by the lovely lady who arrived to camp after 10:30 that evening and spent hours setting up her tent (I swear to goodness it was hours!) with her headlights on bright. She then turned on some sort of spotlight. All of which shined directly into our tents. Oh, and her little guy was really tired and really bored and really noisy because it was dark and sounds carried...
She finally turn off her spotlight around 1:30. I SO wish I were kidding. Gr.
We did sleep once her light was off and didn't awaken until after 7:30 which I considered pretty miraculous.
It was beautiful and I do believe I could have spent a week and it wouldn't have gotten old.
There's more to tell, and this is really just Part One of our adventures. There's simply so much to share and only so much time for me to write. :oS
Tune in Wednesday for Part Two. :o)
1. There was a pair of does who bedded down for the evening just outside the bathrooms, who were unafraid and would just chill as you walked within an arm's length of them. Saturday night, they called it a night just up the hill from our tent since their previous spot was now filled with a tent.
2. Tomorrow is the new year and my life of routine and order will return. As such, we reviewed our goals for this year, established goals for the school year, and made plans to be as successful as possible.
3. We visited with GG and Bill this evening.
4. Last night while I was showering (which really was rather heavenly since there was no showering while camping), B unpacked and put away all our camping items. How wonderful was that?!?
5. The girls are both so excited about tomorrow I'm surprised either of them made it to sleep. We bumped both their bedtimes up--Bitty to 8:30 with the caveat it can be moved back if necessary, and Bean to 7:45. B and I will meet and have a conference with her teacher tomorrow morning. She's practically beside herself she's so eager to get to school!
6. Lil's thrilled with her teacher (as am I, btw) and was thrilled to see the little girl she struggled so much with last year is NOT in her class. She was also delighted to see a couple of other little girls she says are sometimes not so nice were not in her class either. I'm praying for a wonderful school year, as the transition from 2nd to 3rd can be so difficult.
7. Camping. I swear, my soul felt as if it were covered in a black, gunky sludge, and the time spent with friends and my family out in nature cleansed it. I have a feeling of lightness and peace I've been missing for quite awhile now.
8. College football is back--HALLELUJAH!!!! :oD
Well, here we go again, another new year and no Monkey. :sigh: She'd be in the eighth grade. Seriously. How is this even possible?!?