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Syringa, Part Three: Canadian Camping Adventures

July 17, 2014

I’ve met some really fun friends while scrapbooking.

4 Js and a K

4 Js and a K

Twice a year, we get together and stay in what I’ve dubbed “the Cannuck Party Trailer” at a weekend scrapbooking event that takes place approximately halfway between my town and theirs.  At the last crop, we discussed the possibility of me getting my family to join all of their families at a campground for a long weekend.  I started working on my family with this plan right away, and within a few months it was “all systems go!”


The other gals all have RVs, but this was home-sweet-home for the weekend for my family.  (Not pictured: SnakeMaster’s backpacking hammock where he slept.)

I really enjoy having older kids who no longer need nor want to share a tent with their parents. That big tent was designed to sleep 6 people, which is exactly how we used it for many years; now it is the master bedroom.  I am, however, beginning the chant of “glamping” because I really don’t enjoy having to fully wake up, crawl out of bed AND out of a tent just to walk a quarter-mile to use a bathroom!  Sure, on a starry night it is a lovely walk… but it can be difficult to go back to sleep upon return to bed.

DSCN0914 Thumbs up for Syringa!

Thumbs up for Syringa!

Camping with other people has additional benefits beyond me , the lone female amongst males, having other women around for conversation.  We share “camping hacks” (ideas that make camping easier, such as hanging your roll of paper towels from a bungee cord “rod” on the canopy over the picnic table — truly brilliant and I can’t believe we never thought of something so simple before), beverages, activities for the kid in all of us, and games.

DSCN3770  Black rock with cobalt designsDSCN3769  Turquoise ladybug rock









The kids and moms painted rocks with acrylic paint. These two beauties above were crafted by Humorous-Juniorous, my 18yo son. He’s got some artistic talent.   (What you do not see here is my attempt at sprigs of lilacs. Someone commented on it later on being a really nice purple tree… so at least there’s that amount of recognition.)  One of my friends there is also a blogger, so I expect at some point she will post pictures of other rocks on her blog. She is also the one who made a jaunt into town for this box of supplies…


Now can you think of a project to do with a box of these edibles?

These ladies have a plan

These ladies have a plan


Ready… set…



It's better to bite than lick if you want to win

It’s better to bite than lick if you want to win

DSCN0937  donut boys

DSCN0939 donut girls

 This is one game where everyone who plays is a winner. 

I recommend the sour cream old fashioneds.  I had one bite and it was worth every calorie. :)

Rock painted by SnakeMaster

Rock painted by SnakeMaster


If you haven’t seen them yet, click  over to Part One and Part Two.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 17, 2014 6:44 AM

    It looks like a lot of fun (especially the good company) except I can’t believe you’re actually able to sleep on the ground! Between the hardness (air mattress, maybe?) and then having to actually get up from the ground once you’re down, I find that amazing :-)

    • July 18, 2014 8:59 PM

      Cassi, we do have a nice air mattress the size of a double bed (but without the height).

    • July 17, 2014 11:42 AM

      I did go camping once last summer – with my duvet cover and tripple mattresses to sleep on. They kept on sliding around, so the second night was spent in a cheap cabin. No, my days of tenting it are over. At 62 I feel I need a better lace to sleep than on the ground!

  2. July 17, 2014 6:59 AM

    Wow! You all are a fun bunch of people! I don’t know what looks like more fun though, rock painting or donut eating. Hmmmm …. And the big tent as “master bedroom”? Awesome!

  3. July 17, 2014 7:50 AM

    A fun trip! Ernest has talked about getting a hammock.

  4. thesmittenimage permalink
    July 17, 2014 11:11 AM

    I miss camping trips.. haven’t done one in ages. You certainly have a talented rock artist there.. though I’d like to see yours, also. And Timmy’s.. next time try bobbing for Timbits. ;)

  5. melissawest permalink
    July 18, 2014 1:54 PM

    Looks like you all had such a blast! I’ve been skimming the ads for a used camper trailer. Am not in for tents, but a used trailer would be cheaper than motels and the boys and I would probably have a ton of fun with one.

    • July 18, 2014 9:02 PM

      My husband is still convinced that it would be cheaper to stay at motels than buying an RV. However, in 4 more years the youngest boy heads off to college and I might convince my dh by then.

  6. July 21, 2014 5:38 AM

    That looks like such a fun group of folks to be with.

    Can I just say, at first i thought it was a box of 50 doughnuts, which would include enough for all the wildlife.

    I love the painted rocks.

  7. July 26, 2014 12:32 PM

    This really makes me want to go camping! What a great time.

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