It was a bit warm (low 90s), but a nice breeze started blowing just in time for us to try to build the fire. We opted for a traditional campfire dinner that became even more authentic when we discovered our skewers weren't long enough and wound up using a stick to roast our hotdogs--much to the delight of my children.
We explored a nearby cave (which involved kids peeking their heads in and declaring that a snake definitely lived there and we should probably avoid going in.)
After all the activity, the children decided to relax for a bit before bed.
As darkness set in, I confess that even Mommy got a bit freaked out by the vulnerability of being out in the open. As K whispered nervously that she heard a man's voice in the distance, I comforted her while silently wondering if there was also banjo music. At least three times it was ME that woke my husband to investigate a noise. It rained, accompanied by thunder and lightening. And I slept on no less than 6 pointy rocks. It was the worst night's sleep I can ever recall. The only silver lining I could find in my middle of the night delirium was that discomfort and fear are truly greater impetuses to prayer than peace and ease.
We were all wide awake as the sun rose this morning. It was a gorgeous sunrise that we would have slept through had we been tucked in comfortably at home. I confess, it felt like I had earned it!
By 6:45 camp had been completely packed up and we were on the road. I don't typically consider myself 'high maintenance,' but my tired old back had never been so happy that there were seat warmers in my car--if only I had also packed some Aleve. I am pretty sure I am too old for this.
Our camping excursion was a small reminder that all life experiences aren't smooth sailing. The teacher/life lesson lover in me was strangely grateful that God chose to use camping rather than something more severe to provide that prompt.
Suffice it to say, the experience is one that I am happy to 'check off the list' with little desire to repeat. Too bad my children feel differently. They had a blast!