Camping is work for me. I'm an air-conditioner girl, who likes internet access and city drinking water and the absence of creepy crawly critters. A couple times a year we take the kids camping, and I truly deserve an "E" for Effort, because I try to enjoy myself. I think it's a great family experience to explore and step away from modern conveniences for a summer ritual. Within a few hours, though, I'm itchy and hot and sweaty and searching for Benadryl, wondering how I agreed to four days of sleeping in a cabin smack dab in the middle of NATURE.
I admit, It was not all a hardship. I knowingly traveled across Oklahoma and Missouri to a secluded hillside on Tablerock Lake to enjoy a hamburger grilled over charcoal (OK, the s'mores, and watermelon were also motivators) . We put our neglected boat to good use, catching enough blue gill and bass to keep the kids entertained. We had quality family time that was so welcome after a frantic last few weeks of school. If only I could bring along my PC and central air-conditioner!
These were taken with my point and shoot camera, didn't even use the 'big' camera all week!:
Fishing on the docks thanks to serious rainfall:
Number One on E's vacation wish list, which remains the same every year: Pee on trees and stuff
And purchasing some of Missouri's finest exports on the way home: