Like I mentioned before, this past weekend was my first time camping. My previous experience was something that I honesty did not recall. Cielo is a seasoned camper, and I was a greenhorn in a lot of ways. We set out to Harrisville State Park Friday afternoon. The drive is around 2.5 hours from where we live so not too far, but still a drive. The car was packed and not just a little but packed so that is was borderline a safety hazard to us to be inside… but we made it work. We started the trip that was pretty quick, we had some beautiful scenery to look at. Our first stop was in AuGres for gas and snack… and there I found what I thought was going to be the ultimate experience… a 300% hotter snack Tijuana Mama… it was a big let down, it tasted more like vinegar than anything hot… I call that false advertisement.
We arrived at the campsite somewhere around 3:30, and it took us the best part of 2 hours to get the tents set up and everything out of the cramped car. I think that first night we had brats and later on smores. Food was for the most part unhealthy snacks, but hey what is camping all about but easy food. We spent some of that afternoon just looking at the beautiful view of lake Huron and just enjoying the tranquility. The first night was not that cold, and the air mattress did its job for the beginning of the night. In the morning I kind of noticed that my hip had been on the ground for most of the night… this would be a lesson that would help on subsequent nights.
Both Cielo and I did some relaxation reading, what is better than reading a good book at the beach. Cielo read the Taking by Dean Koontz and I read Airframe by Michael Crichton. Tyler played tons with some other kids at the camp, rode around on his bike and was a lot braver than Cielo and I by actually jumping in that cold water the second day. It took a couple of more days for me to even get in… I am not one for cold water.
Sunday we drove up to Alpena for some food, we were kind of burned out of snacking and campfire food and went for Chinese. The food was excellent, that or we had been starving for some real food. Not to say that campfire food is not excellent and a hotdog will never taste as good made on a regular grill as opposed to the open fire.
Sunday was a celebration day, being both Fathers Day (Feliz Dia del Padre, Papi) and Ty’s Birthday. We had a cake for him and his presents out there that I think he truly enjoyed. The main reason for us to go camping was as a birthday present for him also since it is something that he really enjoys.
We enjoyed wonderful weather the whole time we were up there, but of course right when we were getting ready to start breaking down and packing a downpour like no other came down. We were drenched by the time we finished packing up the car. We did cheer up by visiting a huge cow on the way home. Enjoy the pictures, Cielo took some beautiful shots!