We just returned from our annual camping trip. I really wish I could tell you it was as relaxing as years past, but frankly, this was the worst trip we’ve had in as long as I can remember.
First, there was the weather. Hello rain and cold temperatures- you’re not welcome this week. We arrived on Saturday to the camp ground and within an hour, it started to rain. And it didn’t stop until 4 pm on Sunday. While we do have a pop-up camper, you still have to get out in the rain to walk to the bathrooms, get food, talk to others, etc. So we spent Sunday at a local (30 minutes away) mall seeing a movie and wandering around. Thankfully that night was gorgeous, so we were able to go back, have dinner and a much needed campfire. Monday was lovely, but cold so we drove an hour to this cute touristy town full of great bars and adorable shops. You know- just the things a 5 and 7 year old want to spend their days doing. Thankfully there was also a 2 hour boat ride to help pass the day along.
Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday were picture perfect beach days so we did get to soak up some sun and relax. But the weather was supposed to take another nasty turn Wednesday night, so we packed it in after a day at the beach and headed home 2 days early. That about broke my heart, but there is a very limited number of things to do when the weather is bad and we did ’em all.
The second strike against our trip was the Bean. Or more specifically the Bean and her mighty attitude. Her sass turned to down right rudeness and for the first 2 days of our trip I really wondered if I gave birth to the spawn of Satan. She was rude, she was demanding and she made me feel like the biggest parental failure on the earth. Thankfully after Day 2 (and countless time outs, loss of privileges and discussions), she came back around to her normal self.
And lastly, my husband. Last week before we left on vacation, he went to the doctors because he thought he had strep throat. That was negative, but he didn’t feel much better before we left. He was a *trooper* on vacation- taking turns getting up with the kids, taking them fishing, playing kickball/baseball/lacrosse- but he clearly didn’t feel good. We got home around 8:30 last night and he was back at the walk-in at 9:15. Turns out the poor guy has Influenza-B. In July. While we’re on vacation. Only him! Here’s hoping the meds kick in soon.
All that said, the trip was not a complete bust. The kids had a awesome time, despite the weather. We had a great time with the kids making fun memories on the boat ride and on our first fishing expeditions. We laughed until I cried around the camp fire at night telling stories and reconnecting with the family and old friends camping with us. The days at the beach that we did have were gorgeous- pure sun shine, clean water, gentle waves. We ate like kings and I had a blast watching my kids get more self-confident and self-assured navigating their way through camp site life. We started to teach Scorch how to ride his bike without his training wheels and I taught both kids how to play a mean hand of Uno. The bad never outweighs the good- I mean, we were on vacation and that can’t suck no matter how hard it tries- but I can’t wait for our do-over next year!