Camping Recap

Short but great trip. Highlights include:
– The awesome foliage!!!!
– Callie & Anders running into a skunk on the way to the bathroom as soon as we got to the campground. I wish I could capture her description of the look the skunk gave her. She squinted up her eyes & turned her head; cute! I asked if she was sure it was a skunk. “Mom, I saw his white stripe down his back!” Guess it was.
– The 25 or 30 deer we saw as we came up the lane to the camp site the first night. Beautiful! Apparently one was playing on the monkey bars at the playground when no one was looking.
– Sites G8 & G9 – perfect for families with kids. Close enough to the bathrooms without smelling or hearing them all night or having their blaring lights right in your eyes, yet close enough for the little ones to get there in the middle of the night. Water fountain & spicket right there, too. Plus, there were two playgrounds within sight, so the kids could go over & make friends & have fun while we set up & tore down. Being the two out of three tents I saw in the entire full campground, we had the run of the shower house. Nice perk!
– Duct tape (family joke).
– At Amish Country, we tracked down the man who made our hickory rockers & he directed us to the woman who can make new covers for us. We’ve needed new ones. That’s part of what this trip was about. It took all day to find her, but we got new covers ordered & took a cheese factory tour (complete with samples of cheese, fudge, & candy purchases) to boot.

– Spending time as a family & with our friends. It was great to just make some fun memories together!

PS – I didn’t mention Roscoe Village because the actual village was a bit of a disappointment for me – not at all what I remembered. With the Apple Butter Stirring Festival in full swing, it was more like the Prairie Peddler than Ohio Village like I’d hoped. Glad now I didn’t get out to Prairie Peddler this year. I ran into a girl I used to babysit years ago (Sarah P.) which was a fun surprise. We did taste apple butter, watch how candles are made, eat ice cream, and heard fun music so all that was nice. There was a new instrument there that was really cool – the merimbula (not sure of the spelling). It’s a super easy way to add bass to your band. Why I didn’t take a picture of it, I do not know! But after a lengthy search, found a picture on line someone took of it last year…

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