Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Thrill of Victory...The Agony of Defeat

Memorial Day Weekend....something adventurous always happens. Last year my youngest daughter ran her hand through the glass of the front door while packing to go on our camping trip. So I breathed a sigh of relief as we got ready to go and headed to O'Bannon Woods State Park with little ado.

We brought along an extra teen for my son to hang out with and we put them in their own tent. They got privacy and theri own adventure while we got more space in the camper and less pestering of the sisters! This turned out to be a great plan for everyone!

We even bought a new bean bag game as well as new sleeping bags for my daughters. We were living the high life!

We canoed on Saturday on the Blue River. The river was shallow so we drug bottom a lot. Until we got to a deeper place where the boys found a tree complete with swinging rope and little blocks of wood nailed in as foot holds. It was really a piece of pure happiness for them, climbing a little higher each time and jumping farther while more and more young men (and a few young women) joined in the fun.

I even got a little knitting done!

We spent Sunday at Holiday World, one of the cleanest, tree-filled amusement parks I've ever visited. We all agreed that the new Voyage roller coaster might be the best one we've ever ridden on! We returned to the campground tired but happy.

If only Monday hadn't ended like this:

"Eldon" of Charlie's Towing Service was as nice as can be expected while taking away our only source of transportation and leaving us at a state park with 4 kids, most of the food gone, and all of the weekend campers heading home. The park got really quiet. We discovered that there is a whole culture of people who stay late to drive around and see what they can glean from the empty campsites. Being of a mind to explore and with not much else to do for several hours, I found an abaondoned wrench at a campsite. Most everyone else was picking up firewood.

My father-in-law came to the rescue as night was falling, and we learned that 7 people can ride fairly happily for 4 hours in a Crew Cab and that after being stranded away from home this seems like a good thing. We got home between 1-2am and were REALLY glad to be home.

(Big thanks to Jamisyn for watching River Knits that day so I could join my kids in a much needed day off!)


Jamisyn said...

Glad I could help! I'm glad I got to spend some time in the store anyways, since I'm moving a week from today!!

Lynx217 said...

CORNHOLE! Originated in Cincinnati... did ya enjoy it?

Elizabeth said...

Of course! I've been playing it since I was a little kid on my grandpa's vintage home made set. We didn't know anyone else who had anything like it and we called it "bean bag." The bean bags are well worn with age, repaired many times and leaking filling. They are all different weights now which makes the family game much more challenging!