Well we decided to go on one last summer adventure. We went to the same spot we went last year - though last year's name was Camp Barf because Miles threw up in the night. Luckily, that didn't happen this time!
The kids - especially the boys! - started to get really scared by this point! I think I helped quite a bit when I told Miles to be quiet (the boy NEVER stops making noises!) because he was going to attract the animals! Oh boy did that make them nervous. They were hiding under their chairs and just being seriously ridiculous. Sort of comical. Sort of pathetic. :)
Falling asleep went like a dandy - oh except when we had to stick Miles outside the tent, alone, for a little time-out, i.e., time to chill and calm down. Ha, that did not help him calm down! He was sooooo scared. I felt badly, but the kid has got to learn to listen and obey and control himself. Finally, after listening to him yelling, then finally scream, "I hear something! I really do!", we brought him back in. He was quiet after that . . .
We hung out in the morning, the kids played, we tried to find a geocache (but, darn it, I hadn't had time to set up our "new" GPS unit, so it was quite difficult and unsuccessful in finding the cache, but it was still a good little outing), then we packed up and drove a couple of miles to a trailhead to hike. Ben had gone on this hike with the Young Men's High Adventure last year and has wanted to take us there to this one spot. The hike started was a loud BANG! From hunters - we passed them as we were heading up and they were heading down. We were glad they were all done shooting and leaving the area.
Well the kids - more specifically Jonas and Emmy - were pathetic! Oh man. I captured some of their moanings and wailings and gnashing of teeth on video, but I do love them and so I'll just keep that video for ourselves (and maybe some future blackmailing . . .). I think I have figured something out: my kids do much better on big hikes if they haven't camped out the night before. Ben wasn't sure how long it would take us to reach the awesome vista point, but he was guessing, at first, maybe an hour. But after 1 1/2 hours after hiking (mind you, it was pretty steep) we knew we needed to call it quits. Jonas and Emmy were totally crying and couldn't "hike any more!" Which they did, though . . . We think, with kids, it probably would have been more like a 2 1/2 - 3 hour hike. Which our kids have done, but apparently weren't in the mood for it this day.
Anyways, I think it was the perfect ending to our summer and great beginning to our fall.