Family Camping Vacation-Part 2

Our story continues on Saturday morning but first there is something I forgot to mention that happened the night before. While my husband was fighting with getting the fire going, he tossed his glasses on the ground. I was standing there holding the flashlight for him so he could see what was going on with the fire. My instincts told me to pick up his glasses as soon as he tossed them but I ignored that thought. I should have picked them up. As he was moving around trying to get a better angle to get the fire going, there went his hand over his glasses. One of the lenses popped out and the frame on one side completed busted. He was unable to use his glasses. Again, this was Friday night so we were praying we would find a solution to fix his glasses before we had to drive back home.

OK, back to Saturday morning. I was awake roaming around as my family took their time getting up. It was ok, we were on vacation. We were anticipating the arrival of my parents and my sister. We figured they should arrive somewhere around 10:00 am but weren’t sure (again, no cell phone service). As the expected time got closer we were looking at every car we heard drive past. Nope, not them. Then I saw a vehicle that looked like my sister’s but it drove right past our vehicles that were parked in the lot. I figured it wasn’t her. That same vehicle drove back. It WAS my sister and parents. They completely drove past the site, which we also did when we first arrived. At least they figured it out unlike us. We started to set up on the wrong site when we first arrived.

I started running up to them from the site. When my dad saw me, he said, “Alicia, you run like an old lady.” Yeah, I know Dad. What do you expect? I am out of shape and had slides on my feet. Hahahahaha. Anyway, we all chipped in to unload her car and they set up their tents. Let the vacation begin.

After they set up their tents, unloaded everything, and we settled everything we would need around the “family room”, we just sat around and hung out for awhile. There were many trips to the Country Store right across the road for firewood, ice, and citronella candles. We also had to buy some gorilla glue which my mom suggested to fix my husband’s glasses and it worked for a temporary fix until he can get new ones. We relaxed, ate snacks, and enjoyed being with each other away from busy city life.

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It was time for a serious lunch; macaroni and cheese with cherry tomatoes. Time to get the fire going again. It was a very slow start but my sister, finally, got it started. My mom was trying to help and it went out. Of course, everyone was picking on her because she killed the fire.

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After that and the annoyances that started to come, my mom and I decided to travel to a different store to pick up items the Country Store didn’t have.

Remember, we were on a mountain so the roads were winding. As we were driving we could tell the locals from the tourists. The locals were driving around those bends fast and the tourists (like us) were very slow.

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(Don’t worry. I wasn’t driving and snapping pictures. I gave my mom my phone to capture photos of our journey.)

The scenery of the drive was spectacular.

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We also saw something else along our drive. First I have to tell you what my oldest thought he heard either in the night or early that morning. He told us that he thought he heard a rattlesnake. I dismissed it because I really didn’t want to think about a rattlesnake possibly slithering around our campsite. Well…

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He was slithering along the road. I saw him as I was driving and had to slow down because he was slightly in our path. Then I decided to make a complete stop so I could capture this picture.

We made it to the store and traveled back to the campsite. When we got back everyone was still contending with the fire. It was noted that my mom really wasn’t the true cause of the fire going out. We went to the country store and got charcoal and a 3-hour log so the fire would hopefully last to get dinner done and have s’mores at nightfall. Everyone pitched in to try to keep the fire going. It worked and dinner was served (hotdogs, hamburgers, and chips-yum!).

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We sat around the fire and had s’mores (I am not a fan so I didn’t have any). We chit-chatted for awhile and then my oldest son and I got stomped in a game of spades against my dad and my husband. How do you get set twice at the start of the game? Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Oh well, it was fun. Then everyone trickled into their tents. I stayed up because I love the quiet and I was fearful of sleeping while the embers were very hot. Everyone told me it would be fine but I was a bit paranoid. I was also listening to another “house” guest we had on our site. There was a frog that was quite vocal at night near the creek by our site. It was an interesting day full of nature and family stories. Part 3 coming at you soon.

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Alicia R. Shipe

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