4:15am was the official pull-out time. Goodbye North Carolina. One chapter comes to a close and a completely new unwritten chapter awaits us. I cannot tell you the amount of relief I felt (among many other things) at leaving. No more worrying about what I forgot to do or pack...it was done. Crazy.
I asked each person what they were looking forward to the most on this journey:
Sam: "GO CWOSER (closer)!!! I esited (excited) go Dawson's house!"
Brooklyn: "BUGS!" (Russ: "Amen!")
Around 7am, I happened to glimpse something flapping in the 70mph breeze in my side mirror...it was the camper door. lovely. So a stop at the next rest area was in order, and of course any sort of braking while driving immediately triggers children to wake up. Good morning children.
The first stop of the journey.
After another potty break, I started reading Game of Thrones to Russ while the kids rocked out to their They Must Be Giants music in the back (seriously, they have some of the most awesome kids educational music out there--Russ and I love to rock out to it too...although we can be a bit nerdy.) and played with all of their gadgets. They eventually requested a private viewing of Megamind (I'm proud to say though, that a week into this road trip and the only television watching has been 2.5 movies. WOOT!). However, shortly after starting the movie we hit....GEORGIA!!
We got to Hard Labor Creek State Campground around noon and started setting up camp while the kids explored. On a sidenote, I highly recommend going camping during the middle of the week after school has started. Campgrounds are DESERTED! We seriously saw a grand total of 6 people come by our site the entire 2 days and nights that we were there.
Anyways, everyone was more than happy to be out of the car.
And of course within the first 5 minutes, both kids found frogs. Poor frogs.
Here's our site. I love that it has multiple levels (minus the mishap of Sam falling off the top one despite many, "BE CAREFUL YOU ARE GOING TO FALL AND BREAK YOUR NECK!" 's. Go figure, he fell.). And you can see back and to the left is the creek.
The kids had a TON of fun exploring and examining and identifying and documenting.
This is a big headed ground beetle.
This is the view of our campsite from the creek. There is a little beach area out there where Russ was trying to catch dragonflies. We need bigger nets.
Then we headed back inside to document everything we'd seen in our field journals. One week into our trip and I've already had to add more paper into Brooklyn's. She LOVES to document everything.
Sleep caught up with Russ and Sam. Sam put up quite a fight before I had to bribe him--"Lay down for 5 minutes and I'll give you a prize (Jelly Bellies)." Within 30 seconds he was out cold. I decided I needed to follow suit and take a nap. However about 5 minutes into it, I was awoken by a "Mom, will you play Uno with me?" I prefer catnaps anyway.
Russ got to work chopping wood (I love that they encourage you to use all of the dead wood lying about here) while the kids and Izzy did more exploring.
Russ got the fire started and I put some chili foil dinners on that I'd made the day before. We also tossed some corn on the cob on the grill. Yum!
While everyone else was busy, I decided I needed to make my favorite girl a friendship bracelet.
Dinner time! Chili, corn on the cob, avocados, tortilla chips, cheese...yum!!...although the chili looked awful. Oh well, at least it tasted decent.
After dinner, everyone was so dirty and sweaty and just plain disgusting that showers were in order. The boys went first. While I was outside washing up dinner dishes, I heard a huge splashing noise. I was so confused at what was going on until I saw the doe and the baby prancing through the creek right at our campsite! I called Brooklyn out and we tried to get closer. This time, the boys were back in time to catch a glimpse of them.
After Brooklyn and I took our showers and we hunted some fireflies, it was Time.For.Bed. These kids were EXHAUSTED. It was 10pm!!! Brooklyn had been begging to go to bed for a good 1 ½ hours, but she HAD to get a shower. Anyways, they both curled up and Izzy hopped back up with them and they all passed out. Russ and I put out the fire and I read him another chapter of our book before passing out ourselves.