So we name our camps and I'm not sure if this ever became its official name, but I'll use it for now. We did do a lot of waiting for food to cook and for the cousins to come (not because they were late, just because our kids were too excited!).
We went close to the same spot where we camped last July 4th holiday. It's in the Buffalo Creek wilderness and is really beautiful. Our family headed out Thursday morning after Jonas' last tennis lesson. We got to the area only to find Ben's hopefully camping spot taken (Ben did his pioneer treks here and so he is pretty familiar with the area). But we found another spot and I think it was awesome. We set up camp, the boys tried some fishing, and dinner took forever. Since the kids were super hungry they all declared it "The Best Meal Ever!" (It was turkey kielbasa, red potatoes, and green beans, just in case you want to have the best meal ever. But you should wait at least 1 1/2 hours past when you thought you were going to eat to make it the best meal ever. :) )
It rained on and off - luckily not a downpour, but definitely enough to get everything wet and our tent filthy with mud from the kids. Kids. Ben had put up a tarp and so we enjoyed eating under that and not getting too wet. We had s'mores, played some UNO, read our books (well Ben, Miles and myself did), and went to bed. We had a pretty good night and all woke up around 6am.
Friday we went on a hike - it was beautiful. I just wanted to keep going and going, but the kids were anxious to get back to camp so they could wait around all day for their cousins to come . . . Ben got a nice 1 1/2 hour nap in; the kids and I just hung out around camp.
Around 3 we headed out the road/trail to start walking to meet up with Grandpa Max and Joe and Britt and kids (cousins). Right where we were going to just stay and play and wait, they were there! It was awesome timing. Most everyone got a ride back - but Britt, Miles, Nicolas, and myself walked back. It was super.
Friday we still had on and off rain. Luckily we had dinner sans rain that night. The kids just played and ran around and ate and all that good camping stuff. We all went to bed around 10pm and, again, had a good night and again woke up close to 6am.
The kids just played a lot at the beaver dams on Saturday. Our plan was to pack up and then after lunch drive to another trail head and do a hike. Unfortunately the rain come down and the thunder and lightening were intense! It was spooky. It was literally lightening and then within a second THUNDER. On our way out we did stop and let some of the kids shoot grandpa's 22-rifle. The rest of us walked along the dirt road. The roads were incredibly muddy getting out - it was crazy! Brittany drove the Honda like a off-roading champ. :) The clouds were dark and so hiking was out at this point - so we just drove back to Littleton (in lots of rain!).
We had a good camping trip and loved having family come with us! We might just do it again next year . . . :)
And here are the gazillion pictures: