I had been planning a camping trip for the three of us for this weekend. The plan was to head out Saturday morning for the campground/woods. I was going to pick everything up on Friday (we don't have camping gear so we planned to rent from base) and have it all packed and squared away.
Except outdoor rec was closed on Friday. And no one else really seemed excited about it. How could I tell? Whenever I mentioned camping or asked for input on what we should bring, I didn't get very much feedback. Oh, and the fact that Emma groaned (or complained) every time I mentioned camping didn't help either.
So, on Friday I said forget it. Grr.
Turns out it wasn't the worst decision. I ended up getting a lot of cooking done, Jared managed to get his dress blues tailored, and we finished the latest season of Burn Notice on Netflix.
When I canceled the trip, I told Jared and Emma that I still wanted to go out to see what the campground was like. No problem for Jared, there are bike trails out there for him to check out.
Emma wasn't excited about it until I mentioned the little creek that runs through the campground (and that we could play in it).
So, here is our day in the Highwoods in photos.
Trees, and mountains and rocks, oh my.
(we paid for the day, a whooping $5, just so we had somewhere to hang out and eat lunch)
Looks whats in our "backyard!"
Hiking first though.
The path we followed
View from the bridge
So beautiful. And the scenery isn't to shabby either!
Proof that I was there.
Emma spotted this bird, and in a whisper "shouted," "MAMA take a picture!"
Hiking's done, now for the fun part!
Hiking for an hour through soft sand makes for hot and dirty feet.
So. Much. Better.
Terrified of bees but has no problem pulling up the slimy moss on the rocks.
Emma was telling me that when we eventually have our own property she hopes it has a creek like this so that we can have mud fights.
After playing in the water for a while (30 minutes to an hour, I couldn't tell you exactly as we lost track of time), we headed over to the trail head where Jared was riding to go for another hike.
First thing we saw on the second trail. Way cool.
See! I was here too :0)
Stopping for water at...
Turn Around Tree
(that's what I've named it as this was where we turned and headed back to the car)
While I had a blast, Emma was tired and cranky by the time we got back to the car, and once Jared was done, he was frustrated and a wee cranky because the trail directions were backwards and he didn't have enough time to ride where he wanted to ride.
Oh well, I'm going to just remember the fun I had, forget about the cranky pants, and watch/listen to this beautiful bit of nature I brought home with me.
p.s. Jared informed me yesterday that my grammar is atrocious. Well, the fact that I use the wrong spelling of a lot of words. I apologize. It will happen in the future as a lot of times I write these posts before going to bed, or I am trying to hurry up and finish them before I forget what the heck I wanted to say in the first place. I will try to do a better in future posts.