I was very excited to document the trip in photos - snapping shots of the dog's first camping adventure, the campfire, playing in the creek, and eating gobs of food. But naturally, my camera battery was dead, and we realized this once we reached the site. And, like most campsites, it had no electricity, which means no phone or camera charging. So unfortunately, the only photos I have of the weekend were from about 20 minutes before we left, once my phone had charged in the car for awhile. Oh well, lesson learned.
However, charging my camera was SO worth it, for this photo:
LOVE it! And here's a few more of Bentley, perched on his rock: We brought a 20' lead (wire cable) with us to attach Bentley to a tree, which keeps him from running off but lets him explore and have some freedom. This rock was next to his tree, and since he loves to perch on things (like a cat), it was perfect for him. He'd sit up there for awhile, watching campers and bugs go by. He also took a nap on his rock on Saturday afternoon, when the rock was nice and warm from the sun. But sadly, no photo of that. And Monika and Moghan! Typical Monika, on her phone...
The Look of Love.
Look at the cute couple. Sorry about the glare, guys.
And our little family! In the shade of the tree.
And in the sun! See, it's really us! Our empty campsite as we leave. So sad looking.
And the history of Margaret McKenny, the namesake of this campsite. Full description with hyphens put in funny places.
On the way back to the freeway, we stopped at the local landmark called Mima Mounds. It's a site with lots of natural mini hills. We left the pups in the cars, to obey the rules, and set out for the mounds, a few steps away. Once there, we found a little frog sitting on the Mima Mounds Description board. The board featured the history and plausible causes of all these little hills, and included some scenery drawn in. I wished we saw this little guy in real life. So cute. And the mounds in all their glory.
Billy loved the mounds. And yes, he made a boob joke. His Villa alums would not approve of anything less.
Yeah, we're ready for a shower.
And our little frog friend, on our way out! He may or may not be on the move because Billy pushed him off the ledge while trying to pick him up... And thus ends our first family camping trip. The parts not captured by photos were really fun too - we had a campfire, Billy accidentally stole our camping-neighbors' wood, we waded in the creek, Bentley swam in the creek, I fell on my butt while holding Bentley in the creek, we took a 10 minute hike, Monika's allergies went crazy, and we ate. We ate a lot. We ate hot dogs, fajitas, chicken, potatoes, chips, hummus, cheese, smores, croissants, croissants with smores, cookies, and cake. YUM. Camping rocks - can't wait to go back.