On Thursday night, Rich and I were sitting around watching T.V. and Rich suggested we go camping this weekend.
The weather was going to be beautiful (and it was) and we thought it would be fun to get out and do something different for a change.
We booked up a campsite at F. D. Roosevelt State Park -- about an hour (haha) south of Atlanta -- for 2 nights.
Of course we had very limited camping gear so this meant a trip to the store on Friday to get a tent big enough for all four of us, sleeping bags for the kids and other camping necessities.
Our plan was to get all our gear while Sam was at school, get Sam, come home pack up the car and go as soon as we picked Josh up from school (about 2:30) and get to the campsite by about 3:30-4:00 ish.
Well, you know things never work according to plan. When we got home the tent storage bag had a hole in it. So we had to return it to the shop and swap it out for a new one on the way. Then we hit Atlanta Traffic!
It took a little over 2 hours to get to the camp ground. We seriously had about an hour of daylight left -- all of which was taken up getting the tent up! I took the boys to the little shop in the town for some food -- and ordered a pizza for dinner -- while Rich stayed behind and got the cots up and the fire going and the rest of the gear sorted.
It was nearly 8:30 and dark by the time we got back to the campsite with the pizza. Rich had the tent up -- and I noticed one of the cots was in the screened in porch area in the front.
Apparently, our 6 person tent only fit 3 of the cots we bought. It was crowded with them in there!
Luckily, we brought our other tent (a 3-person). So, after Pizza, Rich put up the little tent for him to sleep in.
By the time we were all settled, eaten and ready for bed, it was 11:00. Sam's bed time is 6:30! He was FRIED! And he was not very happy with his new sleeping bag! Luckily, he was so tired the crying only lasted five minutes and he was out like a light!
My sleeping bag was not so good. I was FREE.ZING. All night! I managed to put my coat and a heavy sweatshirt under my sleeping bag and that helped keep the cold away, but it was still very cold! So cold that we decided we could not stay another night (it was going to be in the 30's on Saturday night).
So, we spent the day at the park and came home late that afternoon. But we had lots of fun on Saturday before we left.
We took a walk down to the lake.
It was so beautiful!
After lunch it really warmed up quite a bit. We played outside for several hours.
Even though we were just about 2 hours south of our house, signs of spring were much more evident down at the state park.
The dogwoods were in bloom...
And the yellow pine pollen was everywhere!
We had a GREAT time and are already planning our next "last minute" camping trip.
Even Curious George had fun!
We got home on Saturday evening just in time to put the kids to bed. They were tired and happy! And excited for Easter and the Easter Bunny in the morning.
I am going to leave you with this last picture of a mushroom I found.
How fitting is this for Easter weekend?