Monday, March 29, 2010

Halo Round the Moon

The worst bit first: we broke camp in sleet and freezing rain as our eldest had a nuclear level meltdown inside the tent (she didn't want to get dressed because it was too cold; in her defense it was pretty frikkin cold).  So cold that lil Hucky and I had to go into the car and put our hands right next to the heater several times just to keep them from going numb.  We had to shake a layer of slush off the tent before we could fold it.  With the eldest finally calmed and our soaked tent and sleeping bags packed, we departed camp like wet, bedraggled dogs.

The other bits are mostly good and in no particular order.  Climbing with the youngest as she told me about her new friend, an invisible polar bear named Botticelli.  Chicken fillets and burgers and brats cooked over a campfire.  The girls earning their Junior Ranger badges.  A glorious halo around the waxing gibbous moon the night before we left.  Coffee percolated over a fire.  Learning to belay the girls on the rock climbing wall at the Y the day before we left.  Watching the first 5 Harry Potter movies.

Still, glad to be home.  The cats missed us.  We missed them.  And the warm and comfortable familiarity of our beds as well.


slommler said...

All in all; sounds like a successful camping trip. But nothing like coming home to your own bed!! Awwwww!!!

Fresca said...

Were there any stars or lizards to be seen? Or was it too grey and cold?

Lil Hux said...

Jeff, your children are lovely. too bad you don't have any photos of your wife.

Signed, the wife.

(insert happy face here)

meno said...

Don't blame her a bit. We used to get dressed inside our sleeping bags.

Clowncar said...

SueAnn, it was indeed nice to be back in our own beds. And warm! It was pretty cold at night.

Fresca, we had 2 clear nights for stars - I even learned 2 new constellations (Auriga and Perseus). Less lucky with lizards, we saw maybe 5.

Hey Hux, I don't post pix of me or you. Just the girls. Helps keep that whole internet anonymity thing intact.

meno, she kept pretty warm by kicking and screaming on the ground. Quite the aerobic exercise, that.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Love that place when the weather is good. >o<

Poor girls.

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, I've got just the thing for you and your girls.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Clowncar said...

Scarlett, my wife was the initial Harry Potter fan, and turned the rest of us on to it. What is this thing? I must know!

Hilary said...

Sounds like a fine time all in all.. despite the cold and subsequent meltdown. Your kidlets are beautiful. :)

Clowncar said...

They're pretty cute, Hil. Smallest pretended embarrassment I posted a picture of her in her jammies.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


Know what? I'll post about it tonight when I get home and you can check it out for yourself.

It's far beyond *really cool* - so far that you could not imagine it.


Check my blog in a day or two.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore