We felt very accomplished and energized, so we went on a hike. I use the word "hike" loosely since we're talking about Nebraska, but it was actually a nice little jaunt with some beautiful views and midwest scenery. When we got back to camp some parties napped and others read, but it was all relaxing and rejuvenating and wonderful.
|the camp swing|
|good book, foot rest, wilderness...glorious|
|happily cozy in the tent|
|volleyball boys...ananda and i were happy|
to watch from afar
|sitting around, waiting for the parade|
The "parade" was basically a bunch of town vehicles and golf carts promoting businesses and churches. Pretty awesome - the best part was watching the kids scramble to pick up the candy thrown from the cars, and letting off a truckload of patriotic balloons.
We weren't sure what to do for dinner since we couldn't find the "vendors" that were listed on the advertisement, so we grabbed some Casey's gas station pizza, ha! It was greasy and satisfying. We needn't have bothered, however, because when we were waiting for the fireworks to start at the town park people kept bringing us gifts of food and water and glowsticks and popcorn. Talk about service! (A and C weren't sure about the traditional Fairbury hotdogs in Husker red, but the popcorn was delish and we had snacks from Casey's...the gas station became our sort of home away from home, providing all our jerky, pop, and candy needs. And 2 lighters and lighter fluid. And directions and advice from the shopkeeper.)
We came back for s'mores and time around the campfire, and collapsed in our tents after a happy, full, exhausting day (and night before!). Austin and I took the rain tarp off our tent and slept under the stars. It was as romantic as it sounds, until it started to rain later on haha.
After a breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, sour patch kids, and warm ginger ale, it was time to canoe! We nearly missed the caravan to the river drop-off point, but the crisis was averted. We were feeling pretty proud of ourselves as we rowed off into the scenic distance...and then we hit a sandbar. And another one. We quickly realized the river was only about a foot or two deep in most places, so it was basically a battle of not getting stuck. It was still fun, and we stopped for a PB&J break on the riverbank. By the time we made it back to camp, we were sunburned and tired from pushing off of the sandbars all morning!
Yes, a BALL, in the wilderness. I'm not sure why they called it that because it was basically an outdoor concert with a really bad cover band, but we supported it anyway. Papa Tom's BBQ catered, so we had that for dinner. Then some dancing, more s'mores, and an early bedtime since we were all wiped out.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the log-toss. There was a stump near our campsite that wasn't cut cleanly, so part of the tree was still sticking up off the stump and it was irking the boys. They found a log and proceeded to chuck it at this protuding bark/stick/tree, whatever it was. An hour later (no exaggeration), they had only made slight progress, and Ananda and I decided we needed to get involved. After a hilarious toss from Ananda, who could barely pick the log up, I hoisted the log on my shoulder and launched it with perfect precision, knocking off a section of the previously stoic stump. Woo! Naturally everyone claimed they just weakened it for me, but we all knew the truth. The guys continued to mess with it, coming up with a wedge system and who knows what else, but Ananda and I were spent so we ate candy and offered criticisms from our comfy camp chairs nearby.
Haha Ananda laughed the whole time because we were laughing at her technique : )
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There was one fail of the trip, and that was the orange peel cinnamon rolls. We carefully carved out oranges to create a cup for raw cinnamon rolls and then put the whole thing near the fire. First it wasn't cooking fast enough, so they were too doughy...then we dropped one and covered most of the others in ash...then we mostly gave up because they were burning and we were full of s'mores anyway. Ha, it was worth a shot, right?
Basically it was just so awesome to be together, enjoying nature and each other and doing fun, silly things. It was a nice break from being full-time parents; Austin and I felt sort of like we were dating again and had a great time just being a couple. I am so glad Ananda and Christian came - they definitely made the trip what it was and we miss them way too much already.
Next year it's our turn to visit their turf, so we're planning a D.C. vacay...with the children, this time! Poulsens Take the East Coast, 2015. Get excited.