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Dowdy Lake Camping Trip

IMG_5967 This was our final “booked” campground of the summer. I had a campsite i wanted. I put a reminder in my calendar to get up at 6am to make sure i could get this site. You can book 6 months to the day, before you want to go. I got up at 6am, clicked the book campsite button. Bam – too early. You can’t book until 10am. Say what? Where the heck was the fine print… sigh. Fine. Set another alarm for 9:58am…  I’m in the middle of making treats for the pups, hands all gooey…  no matter… click the book campsite button… Bam – site already booked…. WHAT????? I yelled a smidge loud, so loud that hubby heard me in the garage thru the floor and closed door. Grumble… 4 letter words…  what’s a girl to do? Make lemonade…  I booked Saturday and Sunday night and took Monday off! Dang it – i shall have this campsite!!! Screen Shot 2013-08-19 at 3.21.25 PM       <—— #25, right on the corner, on the water…       The site was right on the water. It all worked out great – we had a “going away” part for a friend friday night, slept in, and heading up north for a long weekend of relaxing! Sigh of beauty, sigh of relaxing! IMG_5881 We had our new tent arrive in time for this trip. After our last even of spending an inordinate amount of time in a cramped space, we decided to branch out and get a 6 person, yup i said 6, 2 room, with a front porch tend! OH yeah! Luckily i read the reviews and there were other couples with 1 or 2 dogs that bought the tent for the same reason we did! Room for your stuff, room for the 6 foot tall hubby to be able to stand up! IMG_5859 IMG_5879 Definitely a much heavier tent – 40 pounds – and a longer set up time. 20 minutes, possibly longer, we didnt’ time it! But we did it! I also had a special pad/carpet for the floor – cushy for the feet and to keep dirt and pressure off the tent floor! It worked great! Little trouble rolling it back up, but i did it, and we’ll see what it looks like the next trip! After that it was time for some relaxing and a jaunt around this amazing lake at our door step! The next morning we awoke to an amazing orange sunrise, and some amazingly loud children, the same annoying children that screamed and hollered for most of our stay on Saturday (i was tempted to let them hear a little screaming of my own after dark – wink wink, nod nod – but we did not!) IMG_5896 IMG_5902 After a couple of cups of coffee, some more relaxing, some wildlife viewing (there we 3 sets of deer that meandered around the camp sites, in the water, and across in the woods – even some babies) we headed out to do another loop around the lake! So pretty, and a nice jaunt! IMG_5908 We got back in time for lunch – well an early lunch, but we had worked up an appetite! IMG_5912 The boys had too!   We enjoyed the rest of the day relaxing, reading, napping, running away from the rain drops, more napping…  It was heaven! After an early dinner, what else are you going to do when you are having a relaxing vacation – but to eat! I took a stroll around the lake – solo – in the opposite direction – just to see it from a different angle. Boy was it beautiful, fun, relaxing, peaful… until i remembered…  the warning about the bear (there was one seen around the campground 2 days before we got there), and the kind people earlier in the day that said someone had seen a moose swimming in the lake just last week…  well crap… twilight…  when the animals come out to eat… so i whistled. And if you know me, i can’t whistle like a regular person, i can only whistle if i inhale… so i’m walking, fast, inhaling to whistel, so I’m hyperventilating, my eye site at twilight is pretty much garbage anyway – so everything looked like ears and a snout… But i made it, no animal sitings, no falling over from lack of oxygen, just a fabulous walk around the lake! IMG_5919 IMG_5937 IMG_5939 IMG_5941 All in all an amazing time! The point was to relax, i only had the 2.2 mile walk around the lake planned as our exercise, so the rest was just enjoying some downtime! Success!   P.S – tent was great, we slept pretty good (except i forgot my earplugs), boys enjoyed all the space, john enjoyed being able to put on his pants while standing upright, and it help up thru the rainstorm and some bit of wind!
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