Sunday, June 19, 2011

Memorial Day Camping Trip

I know that I am a little behind and feel like I am playing catch-up with the blog.  No one else may care to read these, but since I mainly keep the blog to print into yearly books for my family history, I am going to catch up. 

Over Memorial Day weekend, we decided to take a camping trip.  We headed out Friday after work to Fairfield Lake State Park, about 2 hours south of here.  It was a beautifully wooded area, and the campsites felt very private because of it.  It seemed as if we were the only ones tent camping, everyone else had campers, so we practically had the bathrooms to ourselves.  Katie loved to play in the dirt/sticks/leaves whenever we would put her down.  
As a result, she spent most of our time there in her playpen, which did not make her very happy.
The first night, our air mattress sprung a leak.  It was not a good night.  We headed into Palestine on Saturday and bought a new one at the Walmart.  Then we headed over to the Texas State Railroad Depot.  They were having a huge military event for Memorial day.  It included helicopter rides, but at $80 a person, we just opted for a picture.
There was also a train that took us for a 30 minute ride where we got to watch a World War 2 battle re-enactment and then ride the train back.  It was a really great experience for the kids.
Kirsten loved seeing all of the old Army jeeps and tanks, as well as the Civil War re-enactments.
Somehow, we kept finding ourselves back at the train.
The girls were fascinated by the fire that daddy built and we even cooked tin foil dinners over the fire.  We got hungry and impatient though, and cooked our smores before dinner.
There was also a beautiful lake with a beach.  The lake is used to cool a power plant so it was really warm.  We had a ton of fun swimming in it.  When we got back to the campsite, Kirsten insisted on taking a shower because she had fish pee in her hair.  I guess that technically she was right.
We spent the rest of the weekend playing on the playground and hiking.  We had such a great time, but three nights was admittedly a little much for Katie.  We will have to either shorten the next trip or wait until she is a little older.  Regardless of the heat and exhaustion, we still had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed some much needed family time away.

1 comment:

Janet Adams Starnes said...

I always get drawn back to the trains also--LOL! I am glad you were able to get away. Yes it is hard to take babies camping, she will get better with time. Love, MOM