After a brief blogging hiatus and after a couple of inquiries from readers wondering, “Where in the heck have you been?” I am posting this on a Monday, after another crazy, busy weekend! Let’s start with the past Friday: Alex had her first camp out with the Girl Scout Troop!!!! And I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am shamelessly living vicariously through my daughter right now. Many of my friends have heard my profession that I always wanted to be a Girl Scout when growing up, but never had the opportunity…. Now that Alex has received the opportunity we are both ecstatic! I LOVE nature, so it stands to reason that I’d be perfectly content to hike through it, photograph it, and just sit in awe staring at it! At the camp out, I was able to do all three!
I picked Alex up from school a little early and we headed out to the camp site. Alex was deliriously excited as she picked out a top bunk bed and set up her sleeping bag. Bluey Blue came along for the camping experience.
We were ready and rearin’ to go on the nature hike. I used to take all three kids on nature hikes when they were younger. We had an entire passport filled with stamps from all of the nature centers, hiking trails, etc. that we had visited.
Alex was making sure that Mama was right behind her, which I was, “Say cheese!” Always running around with my camera!
Poison Ivy, Grrrrrrr!
Here is photographic, albeit slightly blurry, evidence that we were attempting to survive, in the roughest conditions know to campers, at the Spring Creek Inn!
Our awesome troop leader taught the scouts how to make foil packets in which to cook their food over the campfire. We made stew, cinnamon apples, and banana boats!
Alex awaits instructions for stuffing the banana peel with chocolate and marshmallows – YUM!
And here she is journaling before bedtime – super sweet little cutie! Alex said that her favorite activity from the day was the nature hike! She also enjoyed her cinnamon apples and receiving her official GS membership pin, along with a couple of extra badges that she had earned!
Alex and I rushed home to pick up our boys. We made it to the flag pole with time to spare. The Webelos shared in the honor of raising the flag!
Once the flag was raised, the scouts all hurried back to the parade parking lot to hop on their bicycles – they had decorated them all in green to show that bicycle riding is a clean, green way to live.
Riding in the parade!
Here, Alex was playing defense, which is her favorite! She’s turning the ball around for her teammates.
Alex’s Throw In
The hair-do goes very well with his ninja persona!
Craving has been appeased!
Have a lovely, cool autumn day full of hope and promise!