Monday, June 18, 2007

The Worst Part About Camping...

... is coming home. Someday I want to do at least one week of camping and see if I get sick of it then. I doubt it.

Sparky, however, loves to come home. Don't get me wrong, he likes to camp. He gets lots of attention and scrap food. He gets to sleep in my bed (he doesn't get to do this at home). However, he doesn't like to defecate outside of our yard. He used to when he went to daycare every day, but now he waits it out. So I don't know what he's going to do on our extended trips!

We went to Jellystone in Holly. It really is a great little park! I didn't expect to like it as much as I do. They always have reservations, and this weekend it was empty and quiet. I had told some camping friends of ours - that don't have kids - that I would probably only recommend it to other families with children. But after this weekend I changed my mind. Even if an adult group was looking for a quick get away, you could request to be away from the other campers and playgrounds and have a nice, serene area.

We went with our friends Kathy & Scott and their kids, and we did a lot more activities this time. There were hayrides, crafts, candy bar bingo and swimming. One of us would always stay back with the dogs and the baby, but that is beauty of going with friends. There was always some adult or kids willing to join you for whatever activity you wanted to do.

The dogs and I also found a great little network of trails around the campground, and spent some time exploring that.

And we also did more campfire cooking. Here's my "live and learn" tip from this camping trip: When cooking on the fire, the dogs should be in their ex-pen, as the smells of food outweigh the heat from the fire. They wanted to help themselves to the Dutch Oven and it's contents. Sparky DID get some apple pie fill that we were using for campers pie.

We are headed up to Mackinaw City for four nights this weekend! I am already trying to pack and prep the food. I found this great site called Chuckwagon Diner and I already have a few things in mind. I want to try:

Beef Beer & Ginger Ale - I can prep this one Friday morning and pack it and use it Friday or Saturday.

Grog Cakes - Interesting, and something the dogs & kids would both like too!

Yummmmm. Sorry off topic a bit, but who doesn't love to eat!


Kathy said...

Yay, Yay, Yay!! I will camp with you for a week!! Actually, it kinda feels like we're still camping. Can't get our propane back on until tomorrow. No hot water in the we've hooked up 3-Day Weekend and will be heading out to shower there!!

Markie's Mom said...

We love to camp, too! We'll be camping our entire 11 day vacation next week!