We didn't get there until close to 4:00, so
Kids scoping out map:
Hey kids, how do you like the tent?
After we set everything up, we went for a hike by the lake. The leaves have just started to turn around here ever so slightly, and it was really pretty.
Jacob & Elizabeth with their walking sticks, ready to go:
J ponders the meaning of life, or schemes of ways to get his latest coveted item, a 362 piece first aid kit ("But mom! It has 15 one-time-use thermometers!"), before Christmas:
E & C disregarding our admonition not to get their feet wet:
E climbing the mountain:
Kids hiking; abuse of walking sticks begins:
C&E pause to poke around in the water:
E goes fake fishing:
Reeling it in:
It started to get dark, so we headed back to the campsite to start a fire.
Roasting hot dogs:
After hot dogs we toasted marshmallows and made s'mores. Then David read Harry Potter around the fire and we went to bed. I'm pretty sure I was out before 9:00.
We survived the night.
And the kids and I headed back down to the lake in the morning while David broke down camp (wasn't that helpful of us?)
This was definitely a successful introduction to camping for us. I have a hard time visualizing us doing this for more than one night anytime soon, but the kids felt like it was a big adventure, and we all had a really great time.