Okay, now I'm focused! Friday, which just happened to be CH's birthday, we high-tailed it out of town to go camping. We met a couple of people that are in our camping group for the weekend. One of the ladies is expecting a baby in November, so we gave her a surprise baby shower. Her husband knew about it, but she had no clue. One of the ladies did an amazing job with getting everything together:
Mom-to-be with 2 of her girls. This will be the 4th girl!
Even though the gathering was small, it gave all of us a chance to get to know each other a little better. Another couple came by for a while, but didn't camp.
Saturday morning, CH, Laika, & I went for a walk. This campground has a lot of trails all over the park.
They have little "resting areas" at various spots along the trail:
CH & I taking advantage of the bench while Laika explored the woods:
A Tulip Poplar: Tennessee's State Tree:
CH & his dog:
Laika enjoyed getting into the creek:
She had a blast running in the field:
Another "Resting Spot":
The weather was perfect: not too hot during the day, low humidity, and cool at night. It was cool enough that we didn't have to run the air conditioner, and we used our comforter. It just wasn't cool enough for a fire, although some campers had one.
Saturday afternoon, we ventured into the nearby town and had lunch. We like to eat at a local eating place if we can, and we just happened to see a billboard advertising such a place. We drove by it and missed the turn off, but we ended up going back because there were a lot of cars in the parking lot. That's a sure way to find a decent place to eat! It didn't disappoint, either. The food was good, and the employees were extremely nice. We will definitely be going back next time we camp at that campground. We got a chuckle over the sign on the door:
I guess it's okay to go in without shoes (or pants!), but don't forget your shirt!
That night, we grilled hamburgers, and then made "Dutch Oven Caramel Apple Pie". Well, kind of. I couldn't find the Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls, so I used the Pillsbury ones in a can. It was still really good. It would've been even better with vanilla ice cream on it.
Sunday morning, we ate breakfast, cleaned up camp, and came home. We were only a little over an hour from the house, so we got home around noon. MS & his girlfriend, and YS & his girlfriend joined us for our regular Sunday evening Mexican dinner.
All in all, it was a much needed weekend. This school year has started out extremely hectic, so it was good to get away and not think about work. I didn't even read a book this weekend, which is something that I usually do when we're camping.
As we came home, this is always a welcome sight: