Lessons I learned while camping at Falcon Lake last weekend:
1. Sleeping in a tent trailer is, in fact, much better than sleeping on the ground in a tent.
2. It is possible to be within 10 feet of two deer and not have them run away.
3. The showers at the campground have the water pressure of rain...and they are about the same temperature as rain too!
4. The shower, in addition to being lukewarm and having no pressure, is of little use because about 4.75 minutes after being clean, the kids will be dirty again!
5. Ice cream is available at the beach concession stand for only $1.00 a cone from 6-9 every evening.
6. The cool air in the evening and chilly morning trip to the bathroom showed me that summer is drawing to a close and fall will arrive soon.
7. A trip to Kenora for an iced Cap is a wonderful way to get through the camping experience.
8. Do not leave a super pack of marshmallows in a warm vehicle unless you are trying to create the world's largest marshmallow!
9. My kids are getting older and more independent. It's hard to believe how far they have come since the first annual camping trip we took when our kids were 4, 2, and 3 months.
10. Resorting to paper plates and juice boxes makes the cleanup for 11 people more manageable! (The friends we camp with have 5 people in their family plus their exchange student from France)
11. Statistically it is amazing that only 1 out of the 6 kids got stung when they came across a bee's nest while hiking.
12. It takes a full day of laundry to wash and dry all of the camping stuff to remove the stench of campfire from the clothes!
13. I am still vastly outnumbered when it comes to disliking camping and my kids (and husband) are longing to camp more often than just once a year. *sigh*