Well…. We are only part way through part duo truthfully. But it’s going pretty decently thus far. SBJ departed and arrived home safe, though Amtrak seemed to be quite delayed. Bummer on his end. He arrived to warm weather, but from what I gathered, a chilly front swooped in today.
The kids and I hit the road yesterday for Sommerset, PA area. We were in search of the Flight 93 National Memorial. We found it, and what an experience that was! Everyone walked away with something from that time there. It is a small and precise memorial of the events of 9/11 out in that area of PA. It was quite heartbreaking and warming at the very same time. If that can even go hand-in-hand, I feel it did this particular experience and time.
From there, we high-tailed to camp so we could set up before dinner and dark. We made super-good timing and even had grabbed a chance to check out the beach. It was jam-packed full of people for their Memorial Day off, but they got to enjoy the chilly cold waters anyways. The area we are in is called Raysmound Lake and we are staying at Seven Points Campground. We are in this neat little inlet of camp circle, pretty completely surrounded by the lake, other than the road in. We got a great spot, with electricity this time, and that seems to have alleviated a ton of stress for me, personally. The kids could care less really, but I like being able to keep the phone charged AND the opportunity to keep our tiny space heater plugged in. Most of my previous nights has been an all-night struggle keeping M in her sleeping bag. She really hates being inside, but inevitably wakes cold and sniffly several times throughout the night. So last night (our first night) seemed to be much more smooth for us, and I even slept more than previous nights. I still have a ways to go to “catch up,” if that is even possible this far along in pregnancy. But I will do my best to.
Today was a pretty gorgeous day all around. We were up early enough to get to the beach by 10am, and it was completely empty. We got a good 3-4 hours of hot sunshine on the beach before a tiny rainstorm rolled in and out. We picnicked in the car since it was nearly 2pm by that point, and from there went in search of ice for the cooler, and worms to get some fishing done tomorrow. Success was found at a little shop just outside of the park. We headed back to camp to all get cleaned up. I tell you, the process of camp showering…. Challenging. I forget how much I don’t like the boys using the boys bathroom alone. I think I have instilled enough fear in them that they are pretty smart when they go, but to have them in there showering was a bit nerve-wrecking. I sat outside the door till they were done, and then the girls and I went in to shower on the girls’ side after. All-in-all it went quite smoothly, but there are things you think about only in the moment as a traveling single mom of these kiddos. The ballgame shifts dramatically.
After we all felt so much more awesome because we were finally cleaned…. From about 3 days ago!!!…. we headed back to camp and light a fire. K has become the little fire starter and has become quite good at it. We hit the mother load on firewood when driving into the camp. A local farmer had a huge stash out front, at the end of his driveway, and for only $6 I think we have firewood for the whole trip. No joke. Trying to figure out how we will even stash this at the end of the week if we don’t use it all up!
A s’more and a couple of roasted turkey dogs later, we opted to climb into our cozy tent and watch a movie on the laptop. It was the perfect end to a really nice day. A storm was threatening to move in all day long, but the 80% chance dwindled to just a wee-drizzle. I sit here now listening to snoring children and the pitter-patter of drizzle on the tent.
Tomorrow the kids want to hit the lake and try to catch us some dinner. The weather is still a bit threatening per the forecast, but hopefully we get away with a day as nice as today. They are very eager to see if they can feed us for a night, and it should be a lot of fun.
The last day here is planned for a hike around this park. It has a wonderful paved path throughout the foothills and seems to be a great place to catch a glimpse of some wildlife. The only so far, has been a TON of different birds, some chipmunks, and…. Well that’s about it. They’re said to have more out here, but we have not seen a ton just yet.
Friday we pack it up and visit the Gettysburg Naitonal Park/Monument. I am eager to glimpse this part of history. We stay in Harrisburg for 2 nights (after the Gettysburg visit) and do Hershey, PA on the b-day girl’s big 1-0!!!!
I must turn in now, as the words on the screen begin to blur together. Will post another update….. soon!