A List Maker's Life: Camping Part 2 - Arctic Circle

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Camping Part 2 - Arctic Circle

Well, maybe not!
But, with the crazy chilly temperatures we are having in the middle of July we might as well have been in the frozen tundra. Thank goodness for the foresight to pack long sleeves and jeans!

Although we were not able to spend much time hanging out in the water, we did relax and read in the sand. I finally finished a few half-read treasures that have been hanging out on my nightstand for months. I also really enjoyed reading The Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family by Mary Ostyn. Steph sent this one my way right before we left for vacation. It’s full of inspiration and useful tips for families with 3 or more children.

One specific quote from the book is especially appropriate in recapping our week long adventure.

“When camping…the best of times happen shoulder to shoulder with the frustrating ones, and it is anyone’s guess which you’ll encounter in the next second.”

To that I say “No Kidding!”

Gibson became irreversibly spoiled by our new carrier. It sure is comfy to wear and he loves to hitch a ride with anyone who will wear him. Now that we are home he is having a bit of trouble re-adjusting to playing on his own on the floor.

Now, for the List Maker’s Family Vacation highlights:
~ My favorite quote of the week was from Anne Hope, “Mom, look the sun is finally awake!”
~We enjoyed lots of yummy treats: Whippy Dip, Cosmic Candy, and Smores

~I spent a special early morning walking the beach with Gibson and watching the sun rise over the dune.

~A hysterical highlight was when Gavin got himself stuck in the women’s bathroom - although, it wasn't too funny at the time!

~ On the way to Pentwater we stopped for a ride on the Mac Woods Dune Rides. The kids really loved it. Gibson made engine noises with his lips whenever the buggy was in motion.

~ On the way home from Pentwater we stopped back in Silver Lake to climb the 130 steps to the top of the Little Sable Lighthouse - What a neat view!
~Catching up on R & R & not having to stick to a schedule
~Walking the trails at Ludington State Park, as Gavin asked questions about every single historical marker on the Hamlin Village Trail
~Kevin and I enjoyed some adult time visiting around the fire with our friends.

Overall, we had a pleasant week away from the routines of work and home!
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  1. It looks like you had a great time in spite of our chilly weather! I always love how a few cute photos can highlight an event and make it look like the best time ever - even if the event was filled with some "bumpy" moments.:-)

  2. I am so glad to hear you guys had a good time, even if it was a little chilly!!

  3. Aside from the chill sounds like another great camping trip. Esp. like your highlights list - the early morning walk sounds nice.

  4. Fun times! I love that quote because it is so true...that's ALWAYS been my experience growing up and even now. We're going back and forth between deciding to go camping or not for that very fact of "the best of times and the frustrating ones"...which one will win in making our decision?

    Although with this post, I'm definitely leaning towards going!! Will you be posting about all of the frustrating times so I can make a fair decision? ;)

  5. Glad you had a good time even though it was chilly! I can't wait for our next camping trip. Thanks for mentioning that book-I'm going to go look it up. That quote is sssoooooo true!

  6. Thanks for the mention of the book-- I am glad you are enjoying it!!

    Mary, mom to 10


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