Sunday, April 1, 2007

We made it!

We survived the camping trip, and despite not getting any sleep, actually had a wonderful time. The host family has an awesome set-up, and my kids couldn’t decide what to do first. At first glance, you’d never know what excitement lies just down the path to their back yard. It just seems like a bunch of trees with a path that leads to the pond.

But, once on the path, there is a zip line that will quickly take you down the hill. If you don’t know what a zip line is, it’s a rope tied around 2 trees, one uphill and one downhill, with a swing on it. The kids made good use of this, especially when unloading the van. They brilliantly tied our bags to the rope and sent it down the hill, saving them from having to carry everything down. Although I didn’t get a chance to ride on it (I really did want to!), our kids thought it was the most fun thing they’ve ever done.

Once we were at the bottom, there was a swing set, creek, and of course, the pond. Our kids were so enthralled with the zip line they didn’t even want to fish. I did walk Ta down by the water to watch the ducks a few times, but for the most part, they swung and rode the zip line over and over. We lit a fire and ate supper, then roasted marshmallows, and the older kids played tag in the trees. All was going well until someone fell and got a small puncture wound to his knee. Thankfully, his mom is a nurse so she remained calm and was able to clean it up without too much of a commotion. They did have to leave to go to Urgent Care, which was unfortunate, but he needed some stitches. They were at church today and he is doing well.

The other misfortunate event occurred in the middle of the night. A little boy woke up with pain in his ear. Turns out he had an ear infection, so they left so he could get some medication. He’s doing okay but still not feeling himself. All in all, it was a fun night and the host family offered to do it again at our next campout in June. . .

Brave souls, they are!

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