Yesterday was the National Wildlife Federation's Great American Backyard Campout. We started the event by spending some time with our friends the ducks at the pond in front of our house
followed by a dip in the pool
and hot dogs on the grill.
The whole family pulled together to set up the camp site. Cheyenne and Zach even put together our new outdoor table, which has been sitting in a box in the garage since April.
We played go fish and made popcorn on the camp stove.
We played with sparklers.
and ate s'mores, which Bella had renamed "choc-clouds"
During a brief rain shower we came inside and read The Boxcar Children, Surprise Island, a favourite of mine from childhood.
Then it was off to bed.
In the morning we made egg sandwiches on the camp stove. We grilled the bagels.
It was a blast! Next year I'm thinking of organizing a neighborhood campout with games, songs and plenty of food. There is a huge park across the street with 20 acres of oak forest for hiking, a lake for canoeing and a brand-new visitors center that is reopening in August. I wonder if they would be interested in participating?