This past weekend, I packed up my computer, as well as a van full of things, and set off for two days of camping. Now, I do realize that some people would consider what we did to not be camping, since we stayed in a cabin. However, on Friday night when we were freezing and our main goal was staying warm, I didn’t really feel like we were cheating. (And, quite frankly, we’re just not a tent camping kind of family.)
It was an amazing weekend that we can’t wait to do again. Oh, and that computer that I packed up so that I could work offline? I never even thought about opening it. I did check my email a bit on my phone, but it was pretty much an unplugged weekend. What a delight!
Here are ten highlights of our weekend:
Spent Friday night trying to keep warm. The cabin was freezing. Literally — it was almost freezing in there! It would be Saturday late morning before…
We would figure out how to properly use the wood stove to keep the cabin warm. Thanks to the DNR guy who stopped by our cabin to give us some tips, after we called the main office to find out what we might be doing wrong.
We went on a hike and learned about beavers. We also got to see a beaver lodge and a beaver dam (pictured here). Between our hike and the walk to and from the hike, we probably walked about three miles. I was impressed that Molly was able to do it with those little legs.
Went to a nature learning center and found so many treasures! (Skunk skull!)
Helped to spread milkweed seeds in a large open field, as the park is trying to establish a field of milkweed to attract Monarch butterflies. This was so fun!
Had a point where the kids had to comment about how tiny they felt in a great big world. I think it’s a great lesson to be reminded of from time to time.
Watched as a few leaves we dropped into the water floated away.
The first paddle boat ride for all of the kids. Everyone got nervous when we first got in, but then they loved it. As a matter of fact, this made everyone’s list of favorite things we did (even mine and Eric’s). You’ll have to forgive that I took this picture backwards while worrying about dropping my camera.
Noah spent lots and lots of time reading. This was one of my favorite pictures from the weekend. (It wouldn’t have been too long ago at all when I would have been shocked to see Noah reading of his own free will. Now, he’s reading all the time.)
We just spent time enjoying the beautiful miracle of a world that God has made, and the wonderful blessing of family that we have.
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