The boys and I set out on Friday afternoon to go camping with our friends for our annual trip. Petey Taillac came with us and it took 5 hours from the moment we stepped into the car until we made it to the group campsite. We left the house at 3:47 pm on a Friday night. I knew we were pushing it with the traffic leaving so late, but that's how long it too me to get all packed. We get to the 1-15 Southbound interchange and Keaton realizes he doesn't have his dual DS charger. He had big plans to play DS with Jacek and Petey in the car. The traffic was already starting to build, but we made the decision to go back and get it.
NOTE: Not sure why Keaton blamed ME for the fact that HE left the charger on the table, but he was adamant that I touched it last by wrapping the cord up and then he didn't see it. I argued with him all the way to the house. It was pointless to argue, but I wasn't very happy.
So, we are now 1/2 hour behind where we were before. Traffic is really bad now. It takes us until about 5:30 to make it to Payson, where we stop at McDonald's for dinner. Another 30 minutes later, we are on the road. It's 6:00 and we still have three hours to go. Oy!!!
The story gets even better, when we arrive at 9:00 and it's full on darkness by now. I have the tent in my car that the McDowell's let us borrow and now we have to set up. They get it all laid out and realize the main support pole is not there and then it all comes back about it being broken last time, etc.
NOTE: When we were five miles from the campsite, I joked with the kids about just staying at the hotel tonight. After realizing there was no tent, I almost made good on that idea. But Kate and Jackie talked me off the ledge and we ended up stayed in the McDowell tent. Jim slept under the stars and Liza slept in the Westie with Susan. I'm sorry to say I was a bit cankerous when it happened in the beginning, but everything worked out. I really appreciated the McDowells and Pollards for taking such good care of us.
Keaton woke up the first moring and asked me if I was going to the hotel to stay today. I laughed and said, "No. Why?" And then he said, "Because you aren't a Wilderness Girl. You are a Hotel Girl. But I'm a Wilderness Boy." I really love that almost 9 year old because that made me giggle for the rest of the trip. In fact, I'm still giggling, it was so darn cute. As we started on our little hike with Sandra and Eli, he was panicking about seeing snakes. I said, "I thought you were a Wilderness Boy?" He came back with, "I'm a Camping Boy. Not a Hiking Boy." :)
The five big boys stayed in the Pollard's 6 man tent and they barely fit in there. Michael D., Eric D., Andrew P., Petey T. and Jacek.
Glad I had my nice queen size blow up mattress as the tent was under the pavillion on the hard cement.
Sandra and Eli came Saturday morning around 10:30. We went the opposite direction of the hikers to meet them on the trail. The canyon had a flash flood the past two days, so there was lots of water. The hikers had to jump into a pool of water at one point to continue on. Glad I wasn't there to witness it and worry!
Keaton loved kicking the soccer ball and playing hacky sack. He loved sitting by the fire with the big boys. He loved every minute playing with Eli. On the last night, he was disappointed I came back on a little walk with Susan and Kate because he, Jim and Eli were having a Guy's Night together.
Keaton and I drove into Torrey about 11 miles away to get s'mores ingredients. They had fun roasting marshmellows.
I enjoyed reading my Happiness Project book and playing Bananagrams and Blurt with the kids.
We had a great time with the Dahlstroms, DeBrys, McDowells and Pollards this trip. It was a short 36 hour trip, but the kids loved it. I don't know if I'll ever get the red dirt out of our clothes though. :)
The weather was pretty good. It rained after the hikers came back for a minute or two. Lots of thunder and lightning at night. Beautiful stars every night to gaze at. The rangers even put on a Star gazing show and we got to look through a telescope. It was so amazing to see the clusters of stars close up. The clouds were also eerily beautiful on Saturday with lots of dramatic contrast between light, gray and dark. Had to get a picture of my window cracking too. Getting that fixed as soon as we get home.
Keaton and I walked most of the way back to our campsite after the hike. I loved this cool barn where they keep the horses.