We were finally packed up and ready to go at 6:45, at least 30 minutes later than we had wanted to go. But this was a beautiful day, we had good food to put over the fire, and everyone was excited about heading back to our camping site (a mile from our farm) for the first time this spring. We had packed supplies for supper, for spending the night , and for breakfast in the morning. Nobody told us we would need plenty of patience and a generous amount of laughter, too!! Carson, Joshua, Denver, and Taylor had gone back 2 hours earlier with the mower & the golf cart to pick up sticks and mow the grass. Allison biked back, Mitchell ran, and that left Marlin, Chelsy, Elizabeth, Hudson, and I to ride in the pickup which was loaded down with everything from pasta salad and brats to pillows and sleeping bags. When we were about 1/8 mile from the campsite our troubles started. I forgot to tell you that we have had an abundance of rain in the past week but the last few days have been dry and sunny so we thought the lane would be dry. Alas, the pickup got stuck so Marlin ran back to the farm to get the uni loader to pull the pickup out of the mud. Unfortunately, that didn’t work, and we now had a pickup and a uni loader stuck. So Marlin and Mitchell ran back to the farm again, this time to bring back the tractor & the 4-wheel drive pickup. Finally, a plan that worked! 🙂 While all this was going on, supper was cooked over the fire and the rest of us started to eat while Marlin and the older boys were working in the mud. By the time Marlin finally got to eat supper it was getting dark which meant it was time to put up the tents. Now we had another problem. The little boys had packed what they thought were 2 tents but in fact it was a very small tent and the cover and poles for our large family sized tent. It was dark by the time we got the first tent up so Marlin, Hudson, and I headed back to the house for the night while the girls settled in the small tent and the boys slept under the stars. All in all, it was an event that we will remember for a long time! If you have seen the movie “Facing the Giants” you will remember the phrase “We’re gonna praise God when we win and praise God when we lose”! Truly, that applies to everyday life so well. Our camping trip was concluded the next morning with a tasty breakfast of brats and pancakes cooked over the fire and fresh fruit. (In case you weren’t counting….we had 6 vehicles back there at one time! No, sorry, we didn’t get a photo of all of them lined up…. 🙂 ) And thus ended our first camping trip of “07.
And of course, several photos ……….
July 6, 2021
Memorable Camping Trip