What I am about to say will shock you.
CAMPING IS FUN.
I can't believe it either. We had a great time cooking meat on the fire and fishing and lazing around. The kids are not what you might call hikers, but that's OK. It was cold at night and gorgeous in the morning and just FUN. I want to do it again. In a tent, even.
I KNOW. Totally unexpected but a lovely surprise. Like aNew Year's Eve babysitter with her own car but more realistic.
We came into town from the fourth of July on Tuesday and left just a couple of days later, so I ordered groceries for delivery and did a TERRIBLE job. Don't grocery shop while doing fifty other things. You'll get orange juice with extra pulp and no coffee. I was out of all of our usual stuff, so I had to improvise for breakfast, and the kids LOVED toad in a hole and next time I will up my game and make cute shapes.
Then we went straight to the pool to wash off all the no-shower-fire-smelling-bug-spray of camping.