When I got home from work, we discussed it further. Kiddo was going to a friend's house for the weekend so we had to be around to take her over there after school (life of a teenager's parent = taxi driver). So we figured it wouldn't hurt to throw the tent and canopy in the back of the SUV, load Bug into her car seat, let our trusty side kick Clover hop in, and head out to Frozen Head State Park to see if we would even be lucky enough to secure a campsite. It was Labor Day weekend after all but with the remnants of Hurricane Issac threatening to drench the weekend here, we figured it was a toss up.
Pack 'N Play posed to be a certain disaster waiting to happen. It was going to be her first time sleeping in a tent, in the great outdoors, so we weren't sure what to expect. It was, as we feared, a bit trying but we eventually triumphed and Bug was sleeping soundly in no time. It wasn't long and Robin and I were the last ones up in the campground, as usual. We finally went to bed sometime after 2am.
The next morning we were all awake by 9am or so, it might have been a little earlier but who's keeping score anyway? Bug had spent her first night in the tent in successful fashion, that's right another outdoorsy girl in the making. We eventually made our way out of the tent and started to get busy making ready for the day ahead of us. The first priority was a nice morning fire to sip coffee by. After that it was to brew said coffee.
The camping trip wasn't just for relaxation, even though we got plenty of it. We also have a ton of gear that needs reviewing for this here blog and the trip gave us the opportunity to try out some of it. We brought a few pouches of Grower's Cup coffee and that's what we drank this first morning. Robin and I both had a cup of Honduran and Guatemalan roast. They were both very tasty but we'll expound more on that in an upcoming review. Of course we have our good blogger friend Brian Green to thank for the hook up on the coffee.
ENO Doublenest Hammock and Boo and I had a bit of fun laying, swinging, and bouncing in it. She also had the opportunity to enjoy a bobble while laying with Dada.
We drove around a bit and decided we'd explore some of the Obed Wild and Scenic River. We drove down to the Jett Bridge access, passing Lily Bridge Access. Here we got out for a few and let Boo get her feet wet in the river. She had a blast splashing her feet in the water. Afterwards, we went back into town and stopped at the store to get ice for the cooler and a couple snacks for the evening. We dropped all that stuff back off at camp and with more rain on the way, decided to drive back out for more exploration. This time around we drove to the Nemo Access at the head of the Obed Wild and Scenic River. It is here that the Obed Wild and Scenic River section of the Cumberland Trail's Northern terminus is located. Across the bridge from the Nemo Access is the Rock Creek campground. To our surprise, it is a very nice primitive campground located right on the river and only cost $7 per night to camp. Needless to say, we plan on camping here in the near future.
I got busy cooking one of our Hungry Hiker meals, Chicken Pot Pie. We brought two of them but as it turned out, one was plenty for both Robin and I. I would imagine that if we had been out backpacking, then one wouldn't have been enough. We will likely review this meal more in depth later as we still have two packages under our cabinet. I will say that it was rather tasty. After supper, we spent the rest of the evening sitting in front of the fire relaxing, talking, and playing our own made up on the spot version of "Name That Tune". We had a great time with it and before long found ourselves tired and ready for bed.
Cafe2Go Self-Heating Beverage Kit - Coffee (another product we will be reviewing on the blog) we decided it was time to starting breaking camp and heading home. Bug had a great time playing in the dirt again while Robin and I packed up the vehicle and got ready to go.
It was a great camping trip and I believe a wonderful first camping experience for Dinah. While she won't remember it other than through the pictures we took, we believe that the first experience will leave an impression on her for many years to come. Besides, she always loves being outside and we try to expose her to our outdoor life as much as possible.
Tim and Robin