Luckily we made it to the campgrounds without a scratch. The power was out at the local gas station (we managed to get an ice cream cone anyway), limbs were down, and there were deep puddles all around. Although things didn't look too good we were lucky to find a camping spot and so we set up the tent in our homemade ponchos.
The rain let up long enough or us to cook our Dutch oven dinner, make s'mores and brush our teeth. Henry loved it. I don't know if we have ever seen him so animated--he was jabbering, dancing around, making funny faces, and crackin' jokes non-stop. As soon as we were snug in the tent for sleep a big thunder/lightning storm started up and Henry got even more energized (and this was at 11:30 pm). Every time lightning struck he wiggled all over and exclaimed, "Bright!" Todd and I were so tired we fell asleep and sometime later Henry did, too.
In the morning we woke up early and made breakfast--bacon and eggs. It took about 90 minutes. We just couldn't keep a darn fire lit, or get the briquettes hot enough. Yes, it was our first camping trip as a family, but I'd have to say I felt pretty city-slicker-ish at this point. Hopefully by camping more we'll master fire building and delicious meals will turn out in minutes . . .
We cleaned up camp and headed to the beach. Indi-beach. It's the southern part of Lake Michigan and to me it felt much like a California beach. The water was warm, but not salty nor choppy with waves, and the sand was great. The neat part was seeing the faint Chicago skyline across the lake.
Well, we had a ball and have found ourselves a new great get-away. It's only about 2.5 hours NE of us so I'm sure we'll frequent this spot as much as we can--at least every Father's day weekend (our new family tradition). As we were driving home we asked Henry what his favorite part was. He replied, "The sand." And so it was.
He didn't even mind eating a hotdog covered in sand.
Making a mountain and a river
A great view
Up, up, and away!
Getting buried and watching boats.
Hope to see you again soon, Indi Dunes!
*Maybe I should finally announce that we will be expecting a new baby in November! You might have guessed from the pictures, so I figured now would be a good time to let all you friends out there who we keep updated through our blog. We are very excited! We'll find out in about 3 weeks whether it's a boy or a girl. We're guessing girl, but we'll see! Henry won't tell us. When we ask him he just says, "baby". What a tease.