Camping in Allegheny State Park
The Summer Challenge: Day 5
When Shawn was about 6 months old we bought a tent. A very large tent because we had plans to go camping a lot and wanted there to be room for friends to come with us. Fast forward 6 years and all we ever managed was to camp in our backyard. We would say every year that we were going to camp but it just never fit into our schedule.
Michael’s family owned a camper and would go all the time, and early on in our relationship we would go with them. However, since his dad passed away in 2006 we hadn’t gone camping at all. My dad and step mom were selling their camper and asked if we wanted it. It’s was nothing special and not the prettiest looking but the price was cheap enough so we decided to buy it. (So much for the tent we bought. lol)
For Father’s Day weekend this year we booked a campsite at Allegheny State Park with is a little more than an hour away from us. I had forgotten how much I love camping and being outside in the middle of nowhere!
Shawn made a friend in the gift shop when we went to check in. Too cute! We were only staying for 1 night and would have loved to stay longer but we were just trying to break the ice with the camper and also Shawn’s 1st time camping. It was also really rainy that weekend, so it’s not like we could do a lot of hiking and stuff either.
Since the weather was going to be rainy, we told Shawn to pack up some toys and games to play with, just in case we were stuck inside the entire time. He brought along enough to keep him busy for days. lol As we were setting stuff up, Shawn got out this dinosaurs and set them up on the large rock at our site. He of course called it “Dinosaur Rock” and they sat there all day long. The family across from us brought the kids over to see them too. I thought it was the cutest thing ever. 🙂
Since the rain held of until after we went to bed, Shawn and I walked down to the stream to toss in rocks and see what was going on. I tried to Shawn to step in but he refused to do it. It wasn’t all that deep but he wasn’t going to have any of it.
We headed over to the general store to buy wood (you’re not allowed to bring your own) and stopped to play on the playground for a little bit. It was such a laid back, take it as it comes trip and not something that I am used to. Typically when we go somewhere, we have at least a couple things planned and on this trip there wasn’t anything but camping. It felt great and I did get a little restless at times but I forced myself to settle down and relax.
We did get out the next day (in the drizzly rain) to see a few things because we could drive around. This covered bridge was so pretty!
Here’s Michael doing his most favorite thing in the world; grilling. lol Don’t ever come between this man and his grill. I have never seen him so happy on a weekend get-a-way. 🙂
Shawn and I enjoyed sitting by the fire and roasting marshmallows to make s’mores. Yum!
I of course couldn’t resist playing around with my camera and taking photos of the campfire. I think I took like 30-40 photos of it and got some really neat shots of it.
We also brought along Lucy, so she could get her 1st taste of camping and she got to roast marshmallows too. 😉 I really think that people around me think I am a bit nutty when I take photos of Lucy but I don’t care one bit! lol
We are planning on doing more camping and will be going with family at the end of August and Michael is already looking at bigger and better campers. Looks like we’re going to be camping a lot more in the future.