Sunday, May 15, 2011

First Camping Trip of the Year- Watkin's Mill

It's that time of year again!  We decided on Watkin's Mill for our first camping trip of the season.  We like Smithville, and will go there later this summer, but it seems like every time we go there, something happens- like a tornado, hail, or fierce winds.  Watkin's Mill is a nice, family-friendly place, with a small fishing lake surrounded by a paved biking/walking trail.  We have yet to do the Mill tour, but one of these days we will get around to it.

Brian took a Friday off and went to set up the camper while I went to work and Jack went to daycare.  Out of the 70-some electric campsites available, all but three were taken upon Brian's arrival!  Apparently other people thought it was the perfect weekend to go camping too.

After Brian set up the camper he came into town to pick up Jack.   They went back and hung out and Jack actually went to bed on time, in his awesome portable zip-up tent (inside the camper of course), despite all of the chaos going on outside of the camper.  I arrived after 10:30 P.M., but Brian and I were able to fit in an episode of Mad Men and some hummus before calling it a night.

On Saturday, we relaxed in the morning until my parents came to visit us in the afternoon.  We took a walk around the lake, talked, and listened to my dad play his ukulele.  Jack loved it!

For dinner we made bacon-wrapped pork medallions with garlic-mustard butter and grilled veggies.

My parents brought dessert- my mom's homemade chocolate cake (the best we've ever eaten) and homemade apple crisp.  After dessert we watched a little NASCAR together (what else would you do camping??) and then it was bedtime for Jack, so my parents headed out.

Brian built up a fire which we enjoyed for another hour, then we went inside for a couple more episodes of Mad Men and hummus before lights out.

We have another big camping trip coming up- our annual Camp Bacon Spring Pork Spectacular.  So you can look forward to hearing all about that soon!

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