I have been off-grid for a week and a half and now find myself with the arduous task of trying to catch up with many long overdue blog posts.
The girls and I spent the last week in the woods with 120 other teenage girls and leaders from church, at our annual Girls’ Camp week. (More on that in a future post)
But prior to leaving last Monday for Girls’ Camp we went camping as a family for the weekend on our skoolie’s maiden voyage.
The start date of our cross country adventure in our converted school bus is quickly approaching and the goal is to get a few practice trips under our belt before we leave. The weekend before we left for Girls’ Camp happened to be free so we joined up with the Holt family and the Hudak family for a weekend camping trip to Pymatuning State Park.
The kids eagerly pitched in to help pack and prepare the bus for take-off.
The bulk of the work inside the bus is completed (with the exception of a few more cabinet doors that need hung.) Painting the outside of the bus is the next big project on the to-do list, but everything that was needed to be completed prior to taking it out on the road was done so we were clear to roll!
The littles were vibrating with excited energy as we headed down the driveway on our first skoolie adventure!
The ride there was a lot of fun with this as my view:
The girls even bravely took turns at the wheel:
When we arrived we quickly got set up. It is crazy how much easier it is to “set up camp” this way than our traditional means of tent camping. Camp chairs were set up while the bus was hooked up to electric, sewer and water.
I was able to get dinner cooking in the crock pot while Toby got us set up for the weekend. I must admit that after a weekend of camping with air conditioning, a fridge, running water, and my own toilet I can see how easy it would be to get soft and lose our camping edge. I felt a bit guilty and spoiled by the ease of the weekend!
We had a wonderful weekend getaway. It was fun camping with friends and the kids loved having buddies around to go off exploring with.
Our days were spent swimming:
Going on walks around the campground:
Making memories around the fire:
And relaxing with family and friends.
It was a lovely break from a busy June and a perfect lead-in to a week of camping with all my favorite young women! We all went home feeling rested and renewed…
Thanks in part to luxurious sleeping conditions 😉
As we were leaving camp we made a quick stop at the Spillway to feed the carp. The Spillway is one of those traditions that has gone hand in hand with Pymatuning camping from our very first camping trip there with friends years ago.
The carp there are so abundant and condensed that the ducks literally walk across their backs.
The kids all got a kick out of tossing our leftover bread into the water and watching the fish flop and wrestle over the falling pieces of stale bread.
I can’t decided if I am more fascinated or grossed out by the experience…
but either way,
it is an experience!!
It was a lovely weekend with the people I love most,
and a perfect kickoff for many future adventures in our home-grown, skoolie bungalow!