The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors (halfshellvenus) wrote,
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

I'm baaaaaaaaaack!

Whew. Survived the mountains, and camping with the 6- and 8-year-old. Also survived my husband's misery with the whole thing (he does NOT like camping).

This was... less serendipitous than our trip a year ago. Our desired camping spot-- the whole campground in fact-- was full/reserved. We arrived at about 8 p.m., and then began frantically working our way back down the road for other opportunities. We settled on a spot near a lake that was unclaimed and set a land-speed record for getting the tent up between 9:00 and 9:30 while fighting off mosquitoes.

This was a lesser campground-- nasty outhouses, no drinking water of any kind. Bleh. The other campground features suprisingly clean outhouses, and well-water spigots in several locations. Plus, the lake campground featured bozos who were partying at full volume with their buds until about 3 a.m. And someone who pulled in near us and set up camp in the dark at 10:30.

On the plus side, the lake was beautiful. And the inflexible 6-year-old decided to give a little on expected vs. actual, and became very attached to the beauty of the lake. Lots of stone-skipping and wading. While I was out hiking on Saturday, the kids were supposedly going to be swimming. When I got back 2 1/2 hours later, they and Daddy were playing a game of "Whackball" that Daddy had invented, featuring a Nerf football and his telemarking hiking stick. It looks a lot like bad baseball, with lousier tools. Needless to say, the kids loved it.

Saturday night featured a visit to Herrington's of Sierra Pines, which has its own trout pond complete with trout-pellet dispenser. The kids love this-- the trout all flock toward the feeder whenever they see someone there, and the water becomes all fins and thrashing and feeding frenzy when you throw a pellet in. Lauren briefly caught something while poking at the water with a piece of straw, which made her shriek! After dinner, there were roasted marshmallows (including the insta-flame variety). And today, the 6-year-old and I went on a hike which seemed very long to him (3 miles, so it was kind of long). He very much wanted to do that, and we saw lots of forest, lakes, wildflowers, brooks and a waterfall. Wild tiger-lilies too, which I have never seen before.

Back home now, showered and unpacked, and rattling the brain for fic ideas (Prison Break needs some inspiration).

How was everyone else's weekend? What did I miss? :D
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