So Sunday afternoon we decided to take what we had and just go up into the mountains overnight. That way the boys would have the experience of sleeping overnight in the tent and we could check it off our to-do list.
We didn't get out of town until after 7:00 pm once we finally decided to go. That put us in the mountain to set up in the dark (this is a Petersen Family tradition, to set up camp in the dark). However, due to the holiday weekend we ended up going much further than originally anticipated to find an acceptable camping spot.
Once we had arrived we set about to establish camp. Me and Michelle unloaded the suburban to get the tent and bags set up. The boys were on fire duty.
We did a quick little celebration by singing to Aleky and letting him open his birthday present early and then we went back to work establishing camp.
We finally called it a night and put the boys in bed. However, due to a recent change in privileges, our boys decided to stay up and read. When we're at home the boys use their headlamps as reading lights and they may stay up past their 8:00 pm bedtimes if they are quietly readying. Tonight was no different. The boys read until they were tired and fell asleep. David read until after midnight (at least until after Michelle and I were safely tucked in bed and trying to sleep).
Michelle made us her special hot cereal for breakfast. The boys all lined up for chow and at very politely. This is the best table manners they've exhibited during breakfast and we didn't even eat at a table. However, the great outdoors was too great a distraction and the boys didn't eat nearly as heartily as they normally do.
We don't have the cool guns that the Petersens do but we brought the BB gun and the pellet pistol and had some fun shooting some plastic bottles for targets. Donovan, Aleky and Quinten each had a turn but the lack of the semi-automatic guns with the associated "pop" of the bullets shooting drained their excitement very quickly. David and Michael, however, seem to have a never ending fascination with shooting and they kept at it until it was time to pack up camp.
While the boys were shooting Donovan decided to head off and do a little exploring. He didn't go far but it was interesting to see him leave the shooting range to explore the landscape.
Aleky found it very difficult to follow directions and was breaking most of our camp rules. He finally ended up in timeout to rethink his actions.
After packing up camp we drove through the area to see if there were better camp sites available. At one point we almost got stuck in a mud puddle but fortunately we were able to slide out with just enough traction to escape. Otherwise, we had a pleasant drive through the mountain backroads, found a couple more camping spots for future adventures and returned home without further incident.
We're glad we went and were glad were back. Our family may be built for these quick little excursions for the time being.