27 November 2005

- Thanksgiving Camping -

We did our usual camping trip for Thanksgiving. The weather was gorgeous until the final night, when it rained for five ours. The next day was beautiful again, but we're still cleaning up from all the mud we accrued.

Judi J., First Grader, had a blast for a change. There were lots of kids and she is now old enough to be relatively independent. We had a playscape very close to our campsite, and as you can imagine that was a popular gathering spot for the kids. We learned that she is still not up to hiking four miles. It's unclear whether that is because she gets tired or bored—or a little of both. All I know is that she perked up whenever we got into areas of rock climbing and back at the camp when there were kids at the playscape. So my guess is that her resistance to hiking was primarily boredom.

As always, the rock climbing was great fun. The park has a number of marked trails, but also a lot of free areas to wander. There are lots of rocks to climb safely in these areas, and finding a path through them is a challenge. Judi J., First Grader, especially liked being the leader, since she had the big responsibility of picking the trail.

Now it's back to reality, where as usual I have way, way too much to do this week.