We’d been camping before and it was always wonderful. What we hadn’t been, was camping following a week long (and very tiring) trip to Florida and camping without CC. It was anyones guess how it would go.
For starters, we had a 4 hour drive to get to the camp site. We made one stop on the NJ Turnpike to get gas, something to drink and to use the bathroom. That did not go well. Apologies to the gas station attendant, the cashier at the rest-stop store, the young-ish gentleman who held the door open for us and to anyone who was unfortunate enough to be in the parking lot of the Woodrow Wilson rest stop on that day, at that time. A couple of hours later we made a stop at Walmart to get fruits and charcoal in order to kill time since we were way ahead of the rest of our party. That stop went perfectly well and was actually kinda fun. You win some and you lose some.
Camping itself was fun – as usual. Sure there was the occasional whining and fighting and general fussiness due to being tired, but overall the adults behaved themselves. (ha ha!).
Seriously though, there was a lot of tattling from all 4 boys which my friend Sun Man tried to discourage by telling them that “snitches get stitches.” (so funny!) Despite that, the kids all had a great time. They spent A LOT of time in the river. Man they loved that murky, cold, rocky, who knows what else river water. Yeesh. They were in it from morning till night. That’s not an exaggeration.
S’mores were made and balloon rockets were fired off and there was dancing and a full blown crab dinner. Real rocks were thrown at real heads and boys tried to drown each other – all a part of the fun apparently (?!).
To keep the adults sane there was an abundance of alcohol and there was much laughter.
I found out through the game of Scruples that one of my friends is WAYYY more competitive than I realized and that my other friend would pick up a hitch hiker (still in this day and age) and that my other friend is a total softy when it comes to door-to-door sales people and that my other friend thinks that I might, “depending on the situation“, battle it out with her for a cute guys attention if we were both single.
The trip wasn’t perfect but I would definitely mark it down as a success – even if the boys and I were happy to get home and to have no plans at all for the following weekend.
Pictures anyone? 🙂