Today was planned as a lazy day, and we lived up to our expectations. Nothing much planned but hang around the site and relax. Or at least try to relax. We have the McNasty family camping next to us. Ugh!
These neighbors have 4 children, 2 young teenagers and 2 around 6-8 or so. And all they do is whine and then yell at each other. We have had to put up with them screeching at their picnic table playing games until nearly midnight when quiet time is 10:00pm-7:00am. And of course they were up early. How about 5:15am early. Really? Is that even truly considered morning yet?
And did I mention they walked right through our site to cut through to theirs, while we were still sleeping in the tent? And not even quiet about it. And when 2 of the boys went to the outhouse because they were too lazy to walk the extra 2 minutes down the road to the bathroom, and then complained of the smell, the youngest boy decided he would pee at the back of the site. Our site. That darn kid was lucky his father realized what he was up to because I would have flipped if he peed on my site. Grrr…
Back to my breakfast saga.
So I go to put together my shiny new blue enamel coffee percolator pot and can’t find it. My daughter insists she put the bag into my car, but I tore apart my car and no coffee pot. And I need my coffee. Now.
Then I go to cook our breakfast and discover that my brand new camp stove was missing the grates that you place the pans on. Obviously this was a return and Walmart just stuck it back on the shelf without checking the parts. I was not a happy camper at all. No breakfast, no stove, and no caffeine. Not a good combination for me.
So off to Walmart we went and returned the defective stove and moved a brand up and got the completely sealed Coleman gas camp stove. Those parts had better all be in there, or else! (and they were all in there.)
My Coleman Camp Stove, with all the parts.
We ended up at McDonalds for breakfast. Not the best choice, and not even my choice at all, but the kids were starving and I needed a coffee and something in my belly. I had a Newman’s Own coffee, a small kids apple juice, and a Sausage Biscuit sandwich. Didn’t get more than a tiny bite or two of hash brown before my son eyed it and snagged the chunk left. Good, saved me a few calories.
Once back from our errands we decided to go for a swim in the pond at the campground for an hour or so. Then it was sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, then off to the showers with our clean clothes and quarters. $0.50 gets you 3 minutes but the $1.00 that claims to get you 6 actually lasts a bit longer than that. You never realize how fast you can get everything clean when you’re on a timer.
My son and I took a walk around the loop near our site and it measured out to 1.38 miles. I want to start walking/running it soon. We also took a bike ride that by my estimates was about 3.5 miles. I will check with the car to see how close I get to my guesstimate.
Dinner was penne pasta with sausage, marinara sauce and Italian bread. The camp stove worked fine once I got past the part where I had to hook up the gas canister to the stove. I hate that first pop it gives when the piece is attached. Been doing this for years but it still scares me every time. I think it’s a good thing to be afraid of gas, and that way you’ll never underestimate it.
Campfire once again and no listening to the whining and complaining for the McNasty Family. They were out most of the day and must have drugged all the kids because they barely made a peep when they got back around 8:00pm. Off to sleep, which came a bit quicker since they weren’t making any noise. Ahhh, now this is camping.
(P.S. I will add a picture of the pond and a few others later when I find the download cord to the camera…)