Memorable Moments Camping

This weekend my friends and I went to a state park that felt like we were up north, but really were only like an hour away from home.  Here are some snapshots of the fun and adventures that we had.  They may or may not be in any specific order…

1. David and I went grocery shopping for the trip.  I was prepared for a highly entertaining trip to the grocery store, and while it did take FOREVER to find everything on our list, since the list was VERY specific, we didn’t have too much trouble making decisions.  David even pushed the cart while I manned the list.  We were a pretty great team.  He says I could have done it faster without him, but it was a lot easier with him there.  Good job, buddy!

2.  Tim made “camp songs” mix cds for each of the cars.  YESSSS.  The first song was called Minnesota.  You can listen to it here.  Ridiculous.  And Amazing.

3.  Canoeing on Saturday – we had four boys and four girls and we were highly entertaining to those around us as we tried to figure out how to randomly pair off for the canoes.  In the end, the girls and guys each huddled up and picked another 1-4 and then canoed with the person who picked the same number.  This nearly didn’t work, as David and Nate both said they picked 2.  Nice try guys – but someone has to canoe with me!

4.  At one point, Jeromie and Amber had gotten WAY ahead of us.  They realized we were no longer nearby (as David and I had stopped paddling and the other two canoes had gone to check out some turtles sunning themselves on a rock)  So they stopped their canoe on a fallen tree on the side of the river.  Nate and Tiffany were attempting to canoe under some low tree branches, when a tree branch grabbed on the Tiffany’s shirt and wouldn’t let go, and caused them to tip over.  It was very tragic.  (I will only call it entertaining if Tiffany’s camera heals itself).  David and I looked ahead and noticed Amber and Jeromie, sitting and watching with front row seats.  Amber looked like she was at the movies, and she was lounging in the canoe, fascinated by the scene in front of her, munching on some trail mix.

5.  Tim made us pancakes shaped like MN, snakes, and other really incredibly random things.  You might think “are you sure he didn’t make blobs and then tell us they were meant to be like certain things?”  no – I watched him work very hard on his edible artwork.

6.  We wanted to go swimming at this great beach that we canoed by.  A map was consulted, ( and left behind) and we set out into the woods.  We followed a precarious trail along the river bank (seriously it is a good thing I was a little more coordinated than my usual self or I could have fallen in the river!)  and eventually found the beach.  CRISIS!  How do we cross over the water to get to this little sandy island??  We were separated by a disgustingly green and filmy marsh that looks something like this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/megbarkelar/2771176504/

fortunately there was a small log  that had fallen across the river.  Aaron wowed us all by crossing it.  Tiffany started to follow suit, then realized that there was no way she would make it across (we were all feeling the same way)  so we all stepped gingerly through the nastified swamp water, wondering how on earth Aaron made it look so effortless. (He was already at the beach).  Then we remembered he climbs trees for a living.

7.  Tim left his tent so that us girls would not have to be so crowded the second night.  However, we were at a neighboring campsite.  We wouldn’t want to have to sleep next to the boys’ tent!  So… we took out the stakes and carried the tent down the road.  It was ridiculous.

8.  We went swimming in the river (don’t worry – we were safe and smart and stayed close to shore where we could touch and the current wasn’t too strong.  This was definitely a trip highlight for everyone.  SO fun!!  At one point, Aaron says one of my favorite quotes of the trip: “It is like a bad dream where you can’t run fast and a David is chasing you!”

9.  There were lots of other random moments of fun and joy, but I am very tired now, because I got probably 2-4 hours of sleep the first night of camping (my stomach felt like baby squirrels were trying to eat it.  I blame my yellow fever shot I got earlier that day)  so now I must get some rest.

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