In other news... we had an exciting weekend but before I can tell you about that. I better finish telling you about camping as I can tell you are all on the edge of your seats!
We went to see the "Great Mounds" these are ancient ancient Indian Spiritual monuments. The Native American's built the mounds a bazillion years ago. They are not burial grounds; they served a religious purpose. It was cool to see them, although you probably wouldn't have ever noticed them if there wasn't a state park built around them and signs pointing them out.
Grant, Jonathan, and Everette standing in front of the Great Mound
The trails were fun to walk on, but a little difficult to follow. They weren't very well marked.
This picture cracks me up, Everette and Grant were excellent map readers during our trailblazing adventures, I just happen to catch them at a moment when they looked clueless in front of the trail markers.
We capped the weekend with a hay ride.
Here's how it went down.
There was a free shuttle that picked up campers and took them down to the welcome center where they could buy their tickets for the hayride and the haunted trail.
This is Jonathan on Everette's lap during the free shuttle ride.
Then we hopped off and bought our $1 tickets for the hayride.
Then we hopped onto another (smaller) wagon lined with haybales less decorated, but pulled by a tractor.
Not to be confused with all of us on the hay ride-Everette was feeling particularly jovial as he not only smiled but allowed us to ask fellow rider to take a group picture. (In case you were wondering, Jonathan is wearing a long-sleeved body suit, two hooded sweatshirts, lined jeans, a superman hat and mittens and a rain coat, oh and two pairs of socks.)
Then the tractor drove us back to the entrance to the campsites and looped around back to the welcome center. Where we hopped onto the Free shuttle again and rode back up to the campsites.
This is the back of the tractor and also the moment when Everette gave me "the look" and asked me nicely, through gritted teeth, to please put the camera away, I thought it deserved mention.
Do you get the picture? We all agreed, while the cost of the hayride was nominal, we would have been better off to ride the free shuttle a few times and saved our $4.
In other, other news... I took some pictures of my brother and his family and they turned out SUPER SUPER SUPER cute so I am linking them here so you can go and cry over how cute my nieces and nephew are. Seriously get Kleenex.