That’s right, we tented it. The guy that checked us in said “Good for you.” I didn’t really think it was that big of a deal until it rained for TWO DAYS! Luckily we were there five days so we still had sunshine for most of the trip. But what do you do with two kids under four when it’s raining and your only shelter is the tent or a tarp?
Our campsite was literally right next to the lake!
Our actual site was pretty big with the tent back in the woods
Apparently in camping circles this is widely referred to as “Tarp City”
You leave. So we went on a mini road-trip trying to find stuff to do mid-week in nowhereville, Minnesota. We ate a lot. We lingered at restaurants and went to a few different ice cream shops. There were some scenic stops where the kids were interested for about 30 minutes tops. We found a movie theater and watched Finding Dory. They both did really well until the last 30 minutes. I had to take Julius outside to walk the hallways because he couldn’t sit still any longer.
We had a leaky window in the tent so all our bedding went to the Laundromat!
George loved figuring out the coin washer
My favorite thing about our rain days was finding little crap stores with consignment stuff or antiques. The antiques were a bit dicey with the kids, so we tried to only stop when the kids were sleeping in the truck and Ross stayed in the truck with them or drove around while I shopped. The consignment stores were the best part though, in my opinion.
This one loves anything potentially messy
Why is Jiffy Pop over a fire so much better than other popcorn?
Getting the kids ready for bed in the tent (sooo sweet!)
They had such zany stuff. Like crazy hats that were just goofy. We figured out that everything was donated and then they try to sell it to generate funds for charitable causes. We all tried on a bunch of silly stuff and I was sure we were going to get lice…but everything was so dusty I told myself any little bugs were probably long dead anyway..ha. I loved to dig through all the junk and actually found a few scores…which I’ll post about later.
George and Daddy on the floatie (the water was crystal clear!)
George swimming with his Tonka Truck
Julius fell asleep somehow while we were swimming!
Wake up child. Momma wants to swim. I never got to swim, ha.
Ross even got a little excited, for 3 minutes, when he spotted a dart gun by the same manufacturer as our current dart guns. We have 3 but they shoot one dart at a time, and this was a revolver-type of gun (we make George use the term “shooter” which somehow sounds a little less violent to me). It was $0.99 cents and it works great! Best score of the day.
Our huge hearty breakfast we lingered over at a tiny cafe
We really enjoyed our camping trip, even with the rain. I know the majority of campers do the big RV and camper and the whole bit, but there is something special about sleeping in a tiny tent with your kids tucked in next to you, and I have to believe you don’t hear the sounds of nature as well in a camper. Plus, if we had a camper, we would have been lazy and not attempted to go out and find shit to do, which ended up being one of my favorite parts of the trip.
We all went on the boat and caught amazing sunsets. George & Daddy caught sunnies like crazy.
I see a lot of tent-camping state-park trips in our future. At least once each summer is our aim.
“How small we feel with our petty ambitions…in the presence of nature.” –Sherlock Holmes