I was soo excited for this camping trip! Earlier in the week they were predicting beautiful sunny weather in the 80s. As the week progressed they started changing it to partly cloudy, then 20% chance of overnight thunderstorms, to 30% chance, to 40% chance of severe thunderstorms and a chance during the afternoon as well. Go figure. It always happens that way.
We left around 4pm Friday to ominous looking clouds overhead. We hurried to the campground so we could get set up before it rained. The rain held off and closer to evening it started to clear up. With the tents and the screenhouse all up the boys took off to do some fishing. By the time they returned around 8:30 I was starved. Josiah and Austin put on supper of baked beans and chips and we roasted hotdogs over the fire. We sat around the campfire until about 11pm before heading for bed. The first night I FROZE. The temp was supposed to be about 50 degrees so I didn’t bundle up for bed, but it was so damp I was just chilled to the bone. I finally talked myself into getting out of the sleeping bag around 3am to put sweatpants on over my pants and a fleece jacket over my sweatshirt. When I got up the sheets on the air mattress felt wet they were so damp.
Austin & Zach made breakfast burritos to start out our day. Yum! Soon though, the clouds started moving in again. It sprinkled a little. Just long enough for us to bring all the camp chairs into the screenhouse and start a game of cards. The little rainstorm alerted Jeff and I to the fact that our tent was leaking. Unless we did something different we were going to get awful wet when the storms overnight moved in. We headed to Wal-Mart and picked up a big tarp for extra protection. When it quit, we congregated around the fire until lunchtime where the Josiah made ramen soup and we had sandwiches. Before supper Mark and I took Austin on his 5 mile hike with a compass for a rank advancement requirement. We made it a fast one when we realized we hadn’t put bug spray on before we left! At the campsite we had no mosquitos but on the nature trail we were covered with them. We also came back with loads of woodticks crawling on us. I headed to the bathroom to take off my clothes, turn them inside out and check for the crawlers. I pulled off about 25 which was less than Mark or Austin!
When we got back, supper was starting to smell good. Zach and Andrew had put 2 pork roasts and a beef roast in the dutch oven, Alvin and Jeff had wrapped potatoes and put them in cans in the fire and it was time for Zach and Eric to get the Apple Cobbler going in the other dutch oven. One fantastic meal later and we were ready to sit by the fire again. Zach, Andrew, Austin & Josiah did a little more fishing before nightfall. We dialed in “All 80s Saturday night” on our local radio station and sang the night away.
At around 2 am we were awakened to thunder and pouring rain on the top of the tent. I was secure in the knowledge we were not going to get wet, although Alvin did come to our tent to tell us his weather alert radio had went off and we were to watch for 60 mph winds and hail. Thankfully a couple of hours later it was all over. We didn’t get the high winds that caused power outages and trees down at home, just the heavy rain.
Sunday morning we had a wonderful breakfast of bacon (cooked by Zach), french toast (cooked by Andrew) and sausages roasted over the fire by Alvin, Jeff and I. Alvin provided the bacon and homemade maple syrup (as well as the roasts the night before!) to ensure we ate well over the weekend. Once fortified, we packed up, had our Sunday morning worship service and went home content with how the weekend turned out and already asking- When is our next campout?