We went to the coleman outlet and bought some new camp chairs because ours are broken, and josie got a little pink lantern light, then we came home and packed up everything for camping. Josie was amazed that we needed "so much stuff for just one night" and I agree with her but hey, it's never been simple. Usually if we pre-plan a trip I'd have frozen bottles of water, that was really the only thing missing though, we loaded up the car and drove about 90 minutes up north to Kanapolis.
Found a campsite next to a big rock that the girls could climb on, and a playground about 500 feet away, it was right at the turn off for the bluestem cabin area but the cabins were a ways off and didn't bother us. nothing ruins tent camping for me than having to hear air conditioners running from trailers and cabins... been there. we set up and walked down to the beach for a swim. little Olive didn't like the waves much so she mostly played in the sand but Josie's like a fish these days, all in.
came back, built a fire, ate hot dogs, then I took the kids around the park to various playgrounds. we made s'mores. there was this tiny bunch of like four trees by our tent so the girls kept going "exploring" with josie's little light around the trees. when it got dark olive got sleepy, so josie and I took the dog and went for a nighttime walk and looked at the stars. but there were still lights around and the moon was almost full so stargazing wasn't perfect.
we had the dog down by the beach with us. judy still does not like water, the little waves really freaked her out. I've been on float trips with dogs before, I had a friend with a black lab and that dog loved just jumping in, but ever since we've had judy we've taken her camping a few times and she loves sniffing around outdoors but is not cool with going down to a lake.
everybody slept just okay. we woke up and ate donuts and went for a morning swim, then packed up and went home.
It was just about perfect. the kids slept like rocks in the car on the way home. with more food we could have spent another day easily, swimming on the beach by the lake or walking on the trails at the other side of the park, but it wasn't too far away so it was worth it even for just one day.