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Monday, August 18, 2008

Camping, Take Two

(the view from the tent)

We gave camping another shot this weekend, hoping to avoid the same outcome as last time. This time we were at a different campground (still within Custer State Park) and our tent was right on a little pond. It was a great site, but since the Pirate hasn't had swim lessons yet,* it was a wee bit stressful. There were 10 of us camping, and 6 more visiting, so it was a rowdy bunch. Within an hour or so of arrival the Pirate took a spill and cut open the spot right between his eyes. This is his first real injury and we considered a trip to the ER for a little super glue, but Uncle Pat (the EMT in the family) quickly improvised a butterfly. Poor kid badly wants his bandaid off...

The rest of the day was fairly uneventful. We "fished" with the big kids and played on the little playground and told the dog to shut up about 8 million times. Then it was bedtime. This time we had a working pump for the air mattress. The Pirate was TIRED. He went to bed easily, but then coughed all night long. So once again the only one who slept was the Bug. We got up about 6 and took our time packing up. My sister in law made pancakes and we headed home about 10. Overall, better than last time, but not yet ideal.

* 99% if the beginning swim lessons in this town are between 9am and 4pm, Monday thru Friday. This is not so helpful if both parents work.



  1. You are a brave woman!

  2. The bug looks like he likes camping! What a sweet smile.

  3. Every pirate deserves a good scar. ;)

  4. onion, It's not that I'm brave, it's that I'm broke and camping is cheap!

    I do think the bug likes to camp! He sleeps SO well there.

    sfp, that's a GREAT way to look at it. I just wish he'd chosen his elbow or knee or something.

  5. Poor pirate!! We are still waiting for it to cool down a little bit before we head out to Texoma. The weather has been in the low 80s, so maybe we'll have an early fall. Probably not. :( Sounds like you guys had a great time--excepting the boo boo!

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  7. Looks like a great time! I'm hoping to make it to the cottage in Northern Wisconsin one last time before I take off for up North. Fairbanks headlines today were "Fairbanks Residents May See First Frost of Season Tonight".

  8. I don't want to think about frost yet! It seems like we've barely even had summer.

  9. Oh gosh, your little one is so cute in that picture! What a little sweetie!


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