Sunday, October 30, 2011

make do {and make lovely} mondays - GreerCamp

This weekend we went to Petit Jean State Park
I can't believe how close it is to us. I had no idea. I know I should know better. I have failed as an Arkansan I am sure. But I wasn't raised here so cut me some slack k? Arkansas State Parks are pretty cool and several of the parks have  new features, like Rent-A-Camp, Rent-A-Tepee and Yurt options.
We chose the Rent-A-Camp and we totally lucked out. The first night, the temps were frostiest, and we found out the next moring from our camping neighbors that the tepee's, while very cool looking have a big gaping hole at the top, so even if you bring a space heater, there is no way to keep all the heat in.
Note to the camping wise: Rent the tepee's in moderate weather only.

 The tepee's also do not have bunks, they have bedrolls, which is awesome if you are 7. Not so awesome if you are 37.  The Rent-A-Camp comes with 4 bunks, 4 bed rolls, a canoe, life jackets, a gas stove, a propane jug, a broom and a cooler. 

I packed two too few blankets. We are used to camping with two beds not four, and so I was a little short. This meant that when the cold nights came I had a bed buddy in Miles, which I didn't really mind as his body heat kept me extra snuggly. When he wasn't elbowing me in the eye and pushing me off the bed that is.

Our tent was right on the water and the view was beautiful. Every morning we were greeted by a flock of Canadian Geese. The rent-a-camp and tepee area is the most secluded of all the Petite Jean camp sites, which we loved, even though it was a little hike to the bathhouse.  I am not easily icked out, so in general I don't mind camp bathrooms, but I have to give big props to the Petit Jean staff because their bathrooms - even the mens from what I hear- are SPARKLING clean and not even a little gross. 

See that bootie? Cute huh? Mmm hmmm.

Wylie did some growing up on this trip. At one point Sweet Man handed him a pocket knife and turned him towards the wooded area and said "Go have fun."  And that is exactly what he did. He always managed to hear us call for dinner or lunch, but it spent most of the trip in the woods exploring.

Bacon and coffee are two camping essentials. I could have eaten this whole pan full of bacon, luckily for my waistline I had to share it with three other hungry boys.

At one point I looked down at my plate and realized that the eggs we were eating were from our chickens and that the jelly was some that I had made. Only the bread and the bacon were store bought.  I couldn't help but be a tiny bit proud, and think that perhaps I will be a good farmers wife after all.

Miles is sporting his new glasses. Yes, he picked them out. They are "nerd" glasses as he calls them and he wears them with pride. Surely I should win some sort of mothering prize for letting him fly his freak flag? 

 Once we did all the hard work of setting up camp I sat down in my chair and pretty much did not get back up except to pee and eat.  I read, I stitched, I stared at the water. I dozed, and I daydreamed. I even got a little writing done.

The trip was amazing and wonderful, exhausting and inspiring. 
And  I am so glad to be home in my nice warm house, with my bathroom just down the hall.

Now if only I can muster up the energy to unpack and do laundry...

cheers & blessings,

*Don't forget today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a copy of  My {Not So} Storybook Life


  1. Loved camping vicariously with you and your family. Flying his freak flag? That one made me laugh out loud! Maybe because I can totally relate, as I have a 13 year old who flies the same flag proudly and often.

    So glad you're part of The High Calling!

  2. Oh, how I miss Petit Jean. I was just thinking the other day that I would love to go for a hike there. When we lived in Russellville we would go quite often. It is beautiful this time of year.

  3. I have never wanted to go camping. Now I have never wanted to go camping MORE. Also, we should all be brave enough to fly our freak flag. I often think I have something to learn from Emma in that department.

  4. Looks amazing. how fabulous!

  5. That looks so fun it makes me want to fly down and go camping with ya'll!!

    See you should plan a ladies camping weekend and invite all of your followers :)

  6. I am not a camper, but that lake sure is enticing.

    Miles glasses are awesome! it's great that you let him get whatever glasses he wanted. Even better is that he has the personality and gumption not to be a cookie cutter kid. Way to go Miles!

  7. i love that you let you make campking pretty and that you let your boys be who they are. i think you should win a mothering prize for both those things. :)

  8. It sounds lovely. Wish we had some rent-a-tents up here. (But not this time of year.)

  9. wow this place looks amazing.

    i LOVE his nerd glasses!

  10. looks like a wonderful time! so nice when families get a chance to be together and reconnect with nature. thanks for sharing!


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