Six Mile Lake Provincial Park
This week we adventured to Six Mile Provincial Park. Far enough away from home that it was still an adventure but close enough to make it an easy trip. This time around it was just Coen and I for two days with a friend and her daughter joining us for the rest of the weekend. Co and I bunked together in my two person backpacking tent and continued the tents history of great trips and solid memories. This park was filled with kids to play with and kid friendly things to do like hike, parks, beaches, park store... we did them all. Coen loved being around all the other kids and I really felt the sense of camper community as I chatted with our neighbours, invited little friends over to play, and talked about parenting and life with fellow adventures. I left this mini adventure feeling empowered (solo parent-child camping), inspired, and full of camp stoke for our next trip. Below are a few pics (mostly from the GoPro this time) and a quick summary of the weekend.
OVERVIEW: everything fit in my VW Golf. Co was great at helping pack and set up. no nap first day. sleep was not the greatest until the last night (see last pic where I was taking the tent down while he was still in lala land). 4am Co wanting to sleep in my sleeping bag. getting asked to 'moved over' several times without there being anywhere else to go in my two-person tent (why does my toddler need sooooo much room!). roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. soooo many mosquito bites for my little dude (they don't seem to care for my blood). popsicles in the shower. playing store out of the car window. taking to chipmunks. falling off the picnic table. scraped knees. tree stump potty. hikes to the beach. taking the long way. new friends. campfire pizza success. packing up while Co slept. didn't hear a request for TV or a show once (no iPads allowed on adventure trips!). Timmies stop on the way home :)
Testing out our text set up.
Co was exhausted and went to bed early the first night! I enjoyed some solo time by the fire as the sun went down.
I always bring a paper copy of my Camp Menu Plan. A good reference if I need it and always a useful firestarter or colouring page.
The most important part of mornings at camp... COFFEE.
Sometimes the simple breakfasts are the best. Oatmeal and maple syrup... and coffee obviously.
Taking the long way (and back trails) to the beach. Co is great at finding the trail markers and the search for the right path is a fun game for him. We always stop to look at bugs and plants. This hiking pack was one of my favourite purchases for outdoors parenting and sanity (they walk sooo slow... but yes he still hikes and climbs the rocks). The backpack helps create balance and sanity in longer (and more treacherous) adventures.
Healthy camping makes for happier campers and better poops! (just saying...). I like bringing along different fruits and this pineapple packed great! (marshmallows, chips, and goldfish are still staples though).
Hot day. Just a diaper. Tired kid. Oh how I love the afternoon naps.
Early morning beach time.
Banana Peach morning muffins (see Recipe blog for the details). Soooo delicious and they packed and help great! Serve with Coffee (yup, it gets a capital C and a acknowledgement).
Test run of campfire pizza went great! The kids ate it right up without fuss and it went very well with a nice cold beer for the adults.
Pizza details: garlic naan bread (5 in a package), canned pizza sauce, canned olives, daiya cheese, mozza cheese for the dairy inclined folk, mushrooms, leftover pineapple (cut into trapezoids as my son indicated), garden basil, and love. Wrap grill in foil and warm naan then add toppings and put back on grill. Cover with foil pan (lasagna or cake pan from dollerstore) to help cheese melt. Note... you need a solid fire for pizza success.
He slept through the tent beside him being taken down, the fly being removed from his tent, the stakes being removed, and me loading the car and then woke up with a huge smile and the cutest bedhead. Off to timmies for milk and COFFEE! (and yes... he got a morning timbit. everything in moderation :)