The thing about camping is it gets you back to your primal nature. Puts you in touch with your prehistoric roots. Back to primitive man. I am sure prehistoric man slept in heated campers with foam mattresses.... really.
Camping does bring man back to its most basic needs. Food, shelter, heat. Addressing these issues during camping can be... interesting.
Establishing a shelter was easy enough. We made it to our campsite at Mounds State Park by 6:30 leaving us enough time (if we didn't dawdle) to get the camper set up and dinner on the well under way before we lost light.
This is Fiddle Back Mound
After our shelter was created, we began to address the other two needs. For the Mills, camping is really all about the food. We have a dutch oven and we really like to find new things we can cook in the dutch oven or even in the fire itself.
But knowing we would have limited time, We planned to have an easy meal for dinner and s'mores for dessert.
Jonathan eating his first toasted marshmallow
I began to warm up the Chili and make the grilled cheese.
Everette and Grant (everette's brother-his first official camp experience--never mind that he worked at a summer camp for the last two years--sleeping in a camper is WAY different) began to work on the fire.
Brothers two, in front of the Great Mound (can't you see it?-it's very great!!)
Usually not a very difficult task for Everette. Seriously Everette is a fire Master. He builds awesome fires. However he underestimated the wetness of the wood and was having difficulty getting it started.
The plan was for them to get the fire started and then spend the rest of the time watching Jonathan, while I got dinner going.
But instead it was became a battle to survive (ok pretend there was no heated camper and no Pb&J) to eat or keep warm. It was getting dark and the temperature was dropping quickly. But we had been traveling a long time and exerted a considerable amount of strength creating shelter so we were in need of food.
So who was supposed to watch the kid?
Jonathan was... well layered... He had two hooded sweatshirts, a sock cap and a rain coat, his head looked gigantic!dilemma...
I was assuming the need to eat was of more importance but I forgot that fire building is a point of pride for any man. So we tagged teamed and got the job done.
Oh yeah and here's another cute video!
jonathan on his truck from Megan Mills on Vimeo.