We got a little break from the rain and lit a fire - because toasting marshmallows on your first night camping is a MUST, no matter the weather.
Puna slept in after a rough night. It had been a while since she spent the night in a tent. Annie got to choose our breakfast for the first morning. She asked for all of her favorites - powdered sugar doughnuts, sausage, orange juice, and eggs.
The boys were cold and climbed back into bed after finishing breakfast. Don't they look like happy campers?
The porch swing at the cabin quickly became a favorite hang out.
The kids loved the fire pit. They would round up as many pine cones as they could to help us start the fires. Tommy kept calling the pine cones - coconuts. He would find big ones and lower them into the fire with a roasting stick. Then he'd stand guard and move them around until they were burned. What is it about kids and fire?
Finally we made it into town for day one of bike riding. We still didn't have a route planned out and the Wanners needed to pick up their tandem at the rental shop. On the way into downtown, we spotted Annie Avenue. We made a quick u-turn and had Annie get out to take a picture. The rest of the kids kept searching for their names on a street sign - no luck.
It took a long time to get all the gear unloaded, assembled, packed, kids dressed, potty breaks taken, and sunscreen applied. Mommy was tired before we even started.
Before long we spotted a little beach and decided to stop. It was a tiny beach that doesn't have parking so the only people who use it walk or bike in. There wasn't a large crowd and we had plenty of room to play.
The kids got lessons in skipping rocks from Daddy and Papa.
Lily didn't want to get wet so she rested with Puna.
Joey was immediately in the water and ended up stripped down to nothing.
Annie, Tommy and Joey tried jumping the waves.
Puna and Papa looked so cute on their tandem.
We didn't get far before the kids were ready for a break again. Lily did all her pedaling herself on a bike without gears. She was tuckered out by the afternoon.
We found a nice park overlooking the water with plenty of grass and shady trees.
And Tommy had to photobomb Puna and Papa.
We decided to quit while we were ahead. Pushing it too far with four little ones can only end badly. We packed up after a nice break and rode back into town. We found an awesome park with lots of toys to play on and a small splash park. We didn't have the right clothing for the splash park, but we enjoyed the toys and even got some ice cream for the kids to help cool off.
McEuen Park was so neat, the kids were tired and wanted to return to camp, but before leaving they made us promise we would bring them back the next day.
It felt good to climb back into an air conditioned car while Daddy strapped the bikes on the van. We let Lily choose dinner for this night. She wanted to cook hot dogs over a fire.
She's relaxing by the fire with Daddy.
Our campground had free paddle boats available for use. Lily asked us if we could do a family ride. How could we say no to that cute face?
It was a gorgeous night to be on the water. No more thunder storms - HOORAY!
Due to a booking error on the part of the camp, Puna and Papa had to give up their spot next to us. Luckily, the cabin on the other side of our site was available. Puna worked her magic and convinced Papa to rent the cabin so they could have a real bed and electricity. Once the kids found out their grandparents were staying in the cabin, they wanted to sleep in it too. So much for their first real camping experience. I guess the storms on the first night were too traumatic.
Our little weirdos staying warm by the morning fire.
We started at the opposite end of the trail and made our way back into town on bikes. The kids wanted a beach and water day so we found Veterans' Memorial Park and Fort Sherman playground. The ride in the morning was fun and went quickly. We loved our day at the beach.
We made a stop to figure out cars and bike transport. Annie must have been cold.
Joey especially loved the root beer flavor.