No, it isn't April Fools Day.
TEAM Rolfs actually went camping. The 'sleep in a tent' kind of camping. Outdoors.
Those of you who know us will understand just how big of a deal this is.
It's been years since our last camping trip (with the Livers... when we stayed in a cabin at Jellystone Campground, and it rained). We missed all of you this trip.
People on Facebook even know this is a big deal. Comments like "You mean Tanya actually slept in a tent?" and "Is that Tanya reading by the flashlight?" prove just how exciting this sort of thing is in our family.
The trip started off a little rocky - but that seems to be our modus operandi. At one point the trip almost became the _EAM Camping trip or the _E__ Camping Trip, but neither of those stories would be eligible for publishing on this blog so I locked the car doors, rolled through stop signs, insisted that Red is the new Yellow and drove east on Hwy 20 to the Grandy Creek Campground.
It's a KOA. Some people call it "Car Camping". I call it "Glamour Camping". Tanya calls it "Barely Acceptable".
Pool (solar heated), hot tub, bathrooms with running water*** & showers, mini-golf, playground, an actual creek***, fire pits, s'mores, cold chicken, a 'jumping pillow', minnows, newts, yurts, cabins, pot-smoking Hells Angels, 78 foot long motor homes with Direct TV satellite dishes and even a big hill to hike up.
All that, plus tons of sunshine and hot weather to go with it.
While it wasn't anything like a Disney Vacation, it was still a good time.
Mikayla exploring Grandy Creek, less than 100 feet from our tent:
Mikayla on the "Jumping Pillow". Really, the pillow isn't jumping whatsoever. Plus, it looks like fun, but it's hard to get any air when you jump on it. A better name for this thing might be the "Walk Like A Drunk" Pillow.
We didn't have neighbors on either side so there was plenty of room to spread out our family sized tent that claims to sleep 6 or 7, although our family of 4 fit just perfectly.
Here is Alexia exploring the creek:
Anyway, we had cold KFC for dinner, followed by roasting marshmallows and s'mores before bed. In the morning we had a cheater-breakfast of cinnamon bread, granola bars and juice before going swimming and packing up for home.
Home in time for lunch and a shower before the kids were off and running to gymnastics.
Resume the normal chaos, and stay tuned for our next adventure.
*** The bathroom with running water and the actual creek are not the same thing.