Monday, June 29, 2015

A Great Outdoors Adventure

Steve and I had been contemplating taking the girls camping for a while now and finally took the plunge a few weeks ago. We opted for the campgrounds at Stone Mountain Park, which I am sure is a familiar landmark to all of our Atlanta readers!

Stone Mountain was a fantastic choice because a) it is only 30-45 minutes away from our house, and b) has a ton of things to do with the kiddos.

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We met the sweetest lady as we were setting up our tent. She was visiting all the way from Australia on her family's annual RV visit, and she had little grippy koala toys to give out to the kids that she met. The girls loved their new toys, and running into their new friend throughout the weekend.

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The girls, especially Anna, were big helpers in getting the tent set up. Anna was actually such a good helper that I barely had to mess with the tent at all. Steve and Anna got almost the whole thing set up while I organized the table and chairs and unpacked the car!

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We were across the street from the lake, so duck-feeding was a popular activity for the girls.

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During our first evening, after a dinner of grilled hot dogs, we walked up to the little campground store and bought some ice cream. Bedtime was a little delayed because the girls were so excited about everything, and because it was still pretty hot in the tent. Once it started cooling off though, the girls were happily asleep on their air mattresses!

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The next morning, we woke up bright and early, and after a toasted bagel breakfast (and a Starbucks run, its proximity being another major plus to Stone Mountain!!), we set out on a hike. Well, what was supposed to be a leisurely hike around the base of the mountain somehow turned into the hike UP the mountain. Steve is no longer allowed to be our hike navigator, that's for sure!! We were all sweaty and tired by the time we got to the top, but I was SO proud of Anna for climbing all the way to the top! Steve carried Maddie almost the entire way, so she had it pretty easy!

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Anna was the self-appointed Cooling Captain.

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We made it to the top!

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Giving our legs a rest on the Stone Mountain lawn.

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Feeding the ducks after a relaxing afternoon at the campground pool.

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After our dip in the pool, we had time to run over to the main Stone Mountain area and see their 4d movie based on Rio.

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Playing Sneaky Snacky Squirrel back at the campsite.

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Mmm marshmallows!

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I love this happy girl!

Overall we had such a wonderful time camping and we are excited to go again with the girls. Our only real problem with the trip was the heat - naps were impossible and going to sleep at night was a challenge too until the tent could cool down. We plan to go again in late October when hopefully it will be much better weather!

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