Monday, August 8, 2011

Camping Finale

Our first full day of camping was Ms. Becky's birthday so we did a little site seeing and shopping (typical 18 year old girl).

Some fun sites:

St. Croix River

The River Fairy

Old Barn we fell in love with...

Even the cows were too hot!

Rock formations along the highway.

Another shot of the St. Croix.

Another old barn.

Back at camp and another water run.

The next day, TJ decorated camp for his sister's party.

Awaiting my sister and brother in law,
we readied their table.

They arrived to help Becky celebrate 18!

Compliments of Auntie Val and Uncle Jim

We all settled around the fire for a good visit and
of course, more ghost stories and settled for a good (?) night's sleep.

Half way through the night,
my sister ended up sleeping in their car, due
to the hard ground, bless her heart.

Two thirds of the night we were all awakened
by a very loud screeching in the woods
and then the whoo whoo whoo of an owl.
Not sure if it was an owl making a kill
but it sure was freaky!

Becky found and took a picture of this the next day
down by the river.  I thought it was a bit

Due to the threat of severe weather
(I am not that brave)
we broke camp a day early.

It was a good time
but I am confident it will
be our last camping trip.
I never tire of being a mom
but am tired of being a dad too. ha!


TexWisGirl said...


loved the cows in the pond. and the river fairy is cool!

glad you all survived (even with a bad back!)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Fun trip - you got some great pics. Those cupcakes sure look tasty!

Furry Bottoms said...

Now you don't see cows in the water like that too often!

I want a cupcake. I'm going to look for one now.

Anonymous said...

God has blessed them with you as their mom:)


Sharon said...

Becky will always remember that trip! Looking at the pictures almost (note: almost) made me homesick. Then snow flashed through my mind and I was done with that! It is beautiful along the St Croix though! So nice you had extra company!


Ellie said...

At least it will be a holiday you will never forget. Lol.
Smiled at the cows in the river, poor things.Those cakes look delicious.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love the "Family" carving. That's very sweet. :)

Paula said...

Its nice everything was all decorated up for Becky's birthday even if out camping.

Michaele said...

Love the birthday decorations! Good job brother : )

forgetmenot said...

Jill, Glad you "survived" the camping trip. A memorable way for your daughter to celebrate her 18 birthday. My daughter and I used to go out to Colorado to shop in Denver, then campout (in the SUV) at Dillon Lake. Each year the shopping took longer and the camping out time got shorter! Both were times we enjoyed together, and many memories were made. Have a great week. Mickie :)

Debbie said...

damn that severe weather and having to leave a day early ;)

i love the "family" tree, you should have taken a family picture by it!!!

missing moments said...

Wonderful memories but I'm with you .... no more camping!

Gloria said...

Cows in the river and cake= a perfect day!

Madi and Mom said...

What a wonderful way to spend Becky's 18th...we are so glad you all had a good time AND Mom want's a bite of cupcake. MOL

Cher' Shots said...

It's been a few years since we went camping - but I miss it. Sounds like you all had a great time, and that's what it's all about!
'hugs from afar'

Mommie Dearest Strikes Again said...

Love that river fairy! Beautiful looks like you had a wonderful time.

Dar said...

I remember many a Birthday, Anniversary Party at the campgrounds and around the campfire. Becky is so lucky to have you and her brother to decorate. Sweetest thing in the world to see such love among your children/young adults. The FAMLY board is a perfect description of your weekend.

Samantha said...

It's amazing an 18 year old wanted to do a camping trip with family...that's fantastic :)
Love the Family carving, too...sweet it was Becky that found it!

Bonnie said...

I have just finished catching up on all of your camping details. It sounds like a fabulous and an adventurous time.