We arrived to a roaring fire and the rain, a wonderful welcome courtesy of mom and Doug.
Luckily, the rain lasted only a half hour and stayed away for the rest of the weekend. Cai quickly fell into the camping routine.
All our meals were outdoors. There were hardly any Mosquitos and the weather was perfect. Such a glorious thing to eat outside under a canopy of trees with the view of the lake before you.
Cai quickly learned how to keep a fire happy; doing everything Aidan and Summer did with great focused attention.
Our hammock was enjoyed; a lovely addition to our camping essential supplies.
Saturday afternoon we brought out Sean's presents.
Summer's present was her creation of a treasure chest birthday cake.
A highlight of the evening for us all was playing a new family game called Telestrations. It's a cross between the classic Telephone game and Pictionary: you draw your word or phrase, the next person guesses what it is, the next person draws what the previous had guessed and the next person guesses again, and so on. It was absolutely hilarious and had us all in stitches, roaring with laughter around the campfire. The more muddled the answers got, the funnier the game was. Popcorn became Jellyfish. Binoculars became Space Ship. There were many more hilarious evolutions that I can't recall off hand.
Venturing down to the lake is a surprisingly long and arduous journey through a meadow of tall plants and grasses. It's always worth it though. At the bottom we were treated with a plethora of raspberries on wild canes.
The weekend passed oh so quickly. Next year I vow to enjoy a whole week there, hopefully with some additional weekends. We'll clear out our own little camping area and trails to the outhouse and fire pit.
On our way home we stopped to geocache at Nojack. The caches we found were easy and cleverly hidden. The kids found some treasures and even Cai came away pretty excited about geocaching. Despite the burs!