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Monday, July 27, 2009

Box Elder Creek camping

We had a nearly perfect camping spot this weekend. We chose a small campground that has a small little spur of three spots across a little creek from the other 10 or so spots. We ended up in a little half-circle spot bordered by tall grass, trees and bushes. The camper and the car mostly blocked the road. The campground itself is at the end of a 2 mile long gravel road and there were only about 5 other camp sites occupied, so very little traffic. The other two spots on our side of the creek were empty.

There was a little path to a bridge that you crossed to get to the outhouses (yeah, the biggest downfall of this campground) and a tiny little path to the creek. Once at the creek there was an area about 6 feet in diameter where the water was barely ankle deep, so the Pirate could mostly be trusted to play. Outside that circle it was no deeper than 2 feet deep, so still no real danger to Pirates.

We took the Pack 'n Play and plopped the Bug in it at bedtime, where he hollared loudly for about 10 minutes then went to sleep. This meant that for the first camping trip of the year we got to sit outside and enjoy the fire TOGETHER. We'd never taken the pack 'n play before because we didn't think it would fit in the camper. In the end we had to put it on top of the bed that the table made, but it still worked. The boys all went to bed before me and I got to sit fireside and have a little wine and read my book by my booklight before I went to bed.

Because of the creek there were a few more mosquitos than usual, but it wasn't bad at all. (We usually see very few bugs when we camp, one benefit of living in western South Dakota.) It was a spectacularly dirty experience, I think because they were wet a lot, but it was a pretty close to perfect camping experience- lack of a showerhouse and electricity were the only minuses. And we didn't really miss the electricity, just the running water and flush toliets.

So why don't I have any pictures of this beautiful, scenic, near-perfect camping experience?

I forgot the memory card to my camera.


  1. Uh, yeah, I would definitely miss the flush toilet! Glad you had a great time!

  2. No flush toilet? Um...did I mention I'm kind of a city girl?? :)

    I can't believe you brought your camera camping. I've got to make sure to clear out all my pictures on my camera and make sure the battery is charged.

  3. Like I said before, I am not a camping girl. Unless it is one of those glamping (glam camping) sites with maid service then I really don't need to be a part of it.

    I take that back. If it were just me I could do it and maybe even like it a little but not with Hub and definitely not with kids. I would be too crabby.

  4. lol...camping as a vacation? the thought brings tears to my eyes. i'm glad you had fun...but am sorry about the memory card! my new camera requires the battery to be charged--and i'm not so good at that! my old camera took double AAs and i could replace them anytime.

  5. I specifically looked for a camera that took AA batteries because I knew I'd forget to charge it. I can't tell you how often I've had to buy $$ batteries at the gas station though.


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