Last summer we started planning little one-night camping trips to help motivate us to go out camping with the boys. We're calling it camping practice because, while we are both experienced campers, throwing two toddlers in the mix is a completely different experience. We went twice last summer and learned a lot and started adding to our camping gear. Last weekend, we went on our first practice run for this year to Rock Crossing Campground, near Pine.
This was our first time putting up our new canopy and a new (to us, anyway) tent, so that was a good experience. The campground was beautiful, not too crowded, and we had just lovely weather. After setting up camp, we ate lunch and relaxed around the campsite for a bit.
Then we wandered around the campground looking for squirrels. They were too smart to stick around for us, but we did see some interesting beetles and ants. Arthur just loved watching all the bugs - he'd squat down and point at them and scoot around to see where they were going.
Both boys liked climbing on trees.
And, of course, everyone had fun putting pine cones in the fire.
Arthur had a bit of a rough time - he fell down a few times and scraped his face up. Combined with the dirt, he looked quite disreputable.
We tried having the boys sleep in their own tent. Elmer liked it just fine, but Arthur got scared, so we ended up moving in with them about 2 in the morning. Needless to say, we were all a little tired next morning.
There were tons of these little caterpillars around the campsite - Elmer really enjoyed having this one crawl around on his sleeve.
After packing up camp, we drove down to see Blue Ridge Reservoir. Arthur passed out in the car immediately, but Elmer was game to get out and look at the water for a few minutes before heading home.
We were welcomed home home to 102 degree weather. Hello, June! Hello Summer! We'll definitely be looking forward to more camping later this month as an escape from the heat!