This past weekend we spent camping in southeastern Iowa - Lacey-Koesaqua State Park to be exact. "But Dana," you say, "camping isn't a project. Camping is an adventure. Camping is fun. Camping is RELAXING. Camping is not a project." To which I would kindly respond: "You are wrong. Camping is most definitely a project." Still, if you persist in your notion that camping is a project, then you can scroll through the photos of the camping trip until you get to the end and find the photos of the project at the end of the camping trip.
On Saturday we visited the Civil War Battlefield of Athens, Missouri. We even got a private tour! Then we had lunch in their lovely picnic shelter (Camping lunches are projects - see? I told you so.)
Next it was on to a Burlington Bees Minor League Baseball Game. (Note: taking children to baseball games counts as a project - think of all the bathroom trips). The game ended up getting called due to rain, after a VERY impressive lightening show. There was a lot of rain (even a tornado warning), but thankfully our tent stayed nice and dry.
The next morning we had breakfast in the soggy campsite, and then began to put all the damp stuff back in the van (see, yet ANOTHER project).
Then we squeezed in a quick walk in the woods before hitting the road for home.
And now we have reached the portion of the posts that all you skeptics will have to acknowledge is a real project: Cleaning Up After the Camping Trip.
Tent parts and sleeping bags need to be dried and aired out.
Other damp paraphernalia also needs to be de-mudded, de-bugged and dried out.
And, of course, there are piles and piles of laundry to wash, dry and put away.
But, as consolation for all this projecting, I discovered that my raspberries bushes are just starting to produce, so I took a little snack break before writing this blog post.
Happy camping, everyone!