A Day at the Lake

12 07 2010

For years we have wanted to begin camping and recently we have been working to make that happen. Gathering supplies at thrift stores, garage sales and the odd thing at Target, we’re just about ready. This weekend we were supposed to join Melissa and Chad for our first weekend out, but Margie’s got a head cold and, while she’s not suffering for it in the energy department, I didn’t want her sleeping out in the cold until she was better. So we decided to go and just practice camping instead, setting up the tent to make sure it had all it’s parts (it sort of doesn’t, actually) and enjoying a nice day outside.

Melissa suggested Santee Lakes which is a little more manicured than the camp grounds we are likely to stay at often, but it was a fabulous place to spend the day. We spent a grand total of $20 for entry ($5), a chance to ride a pedal boat ($11), and the sprayground ($2 each kid). We set up the tent, fed some ducks, played ladderball (a.k.a. “The Testicle Game”), sat under an oak tree (where Margie picked a handful of baby acorns before I realized what she was doing), and grilled hot dogs and corn. The kids played on a playground, got creative with sticks, and ran up and down hills. It was a long day, but hardly exhausting at all since we got to relax so much. I can’t wait until we get to go back.

in the tent

the menfolk





12 responses

12 07 2010

when did you become a bird?

12 07 2010

Yesterday. Weird side effect.

Actually, I’m in the boat, if that’s what you are referring to. DH was on a bridge. 😉

14 07 2010

in the boat, above the… tent is it? cool shots 🙂

12 07 2010

Thanks for including my linguistic creation in your post. I’m flattered.

12 07 2010
bethany actually

Sonja came up with “testicle game,” did she? She’s good at naming stuff.

Annalie also loves picking those baby acorns. What’s up with that?

12 07 2010

“Testicles” is an old pirate game, I believe. They used metal balls. Or maybe I’m wrong and it’s just a testicle game.

12 07 2010

Oh how cute, you call it camping. *hee

12 07 2010

No. PRETEND camping. 😉

13 07 2010

Wonderful photos, looks like the perfect way to spend a day.

13 07 2010

Pretend camping looks fun! Sometimes we pretend camp in our yard. That’s fun too.

That place looks like the greatest campground ever. A splash area? AWESOME. I want to go there and play.

13 07 2010

Meant to say I love the expression on Ell’s face in that ladderball picture. I sometimes imagine what sort of mischief he and Willon would get into if they got together, then I wake up screaming and try not to think about it again. 😉

13 07 2010

how fun!!

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