Last weekend I took my son and his two daughter camping to Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas. We all slept in the trailer. Sleeping in the trailer together wasn't too hard, but getting to that point was not so easy! I found myself wishing for a considerably larger trailer.
We arrived at the park mid-afternoon, set up camp, and then went to explore BEAR CAVE (the girls were fascinated with the idea of a bear in a cave) and the Bear Cave Trail.
We also went to one of the high overlooks, and of course the playground area. Sophia is 7 (will be 8 in Aug.) and Ruby is 6, so playgrounds are a big deal.
But then, before suppertime, it started raining lightly off and on (mostly on, though), so instead of sitting at the picnic table to eat, we had to stay inside. It was kind of crazy trying to organize dinner with 3 other people in there with me, and the girls are always trying to get my attention besides. For eating, Ruby sat on the bed and used the kitchen counter as a table. My son and Sophia sat on sofa, and Sophia used the little homemade table I'd built. I held my plate and sat on the bed, too.
After doing the dishes, we taught the girls Stratego and we all rotated through a few games. At dusk it had stopped raining and I saw people walking all in the same direction, so I knew it was time for the rangers' program at the amphitheater to start. We headed over there and found on arrival that the program had already started, so we quietly seated ourselves on the wet concrete benches. 15 seconds later, it started raining again!
People were getting up and leaving, and the ranger was trying to find something to cover the projector so she could continue her talk on local birds and butterflies. We decided to take our newly wetted butts back to the trailer before the rest of us became likewise.
So it was back to Stratego, and then bedtime. Bedtime: talk about a 3 ring circus! Everyone is dodging everyone else in the aisle as we use the bathroom, brush our teeth at the kitchen sink, and try to get changed. I'm trying to get Ruby's sleeping bag and pillow off the bed to make up her spot on the sofa. Next the extra foam comes off the bed and into the aisle space (floor) for Sophia's sleeping bag and pillow. Then John (my son) finally has room to get himself situated on the bed. Finally I work my way between the girls and join him on the bed, too. What a tight fit!!!
The next day was better, with sun most of the time. We went to several overlooks and walked several trails.
Sophia is a regular mountain goat! I could hardly keep up with her. In fact, my son and I got so tired out, we decided to head back late that afternoon instead of staying another night. We were out of energy, out of new places to explore, and out of ways to keep the girls occupied for another night. More Strategoooo.... nah, had enough!
All in all, we had a good time. But I really didn't want to go through another setup and teardown of beds with the attendant overcrowding and difficulties.
If we all go camping again, I just don't know yet what we're going to do, but we aren't doing it the same way! Either I need a bigger trailer (not likely to happen), or John and the girls are going to get a tent, or something! A 16 footer for 4 people frazzles me too much. (And I think it got to my son, too.)