Strike Three! You’re Out!

This is the final installment of my 3 post series.  I have linked my other two posts so you can catch up on the story.

Strike One!

Strike Two!

We had managed to enjoy a full day of Saturday fun on our rough start of a camping trip.  We went swimming, floating, ate dinner, and of course enjoyed the required Smores that makes it a true campfire experience.  After eating, the campfire was circled with lawn chairs as we all sat around and visited. We were introduced to two new camp games.

The first being “High-Low.” Everyone takes turns around the circle and shares their High for the day and their Low for the day.  As a mother, I enjoy this very much.  I love hearing my children talk about the things that made their day and also the things that they didn’t enjoy very much.  Even on our last camping trip we forgot to share at the campfire, so we all lay in our tent side by side, so we did our High-Low before we went to bed.

The second game isn’t necessarily just a camping game.  It is called, “I’ve Never.”  Everyone holds up 5 fingers and you take turns going around the circle saying something that you have never done.  If you have done the thing stated, you have to put down a finger.  So, to win the game you should be the last one left with a finger up.

Anyway, on Sunday morning we awoke and were all sitting around sleepily. There were adults sitting around drinking coffee, so we decided to make hot chocolate for the children to drink. Since, I’m not a coffee drinker, I chose to drink the hot chocolate.  I sat in my camp chair admiring the fire.  My third child, a little girl that was four at the time, woke up and sat next me in her little princess camp chair.  She wanted my hot chocolate to drink, so I handed it to her.  She took a drink and sat with it in her hand.  The next thing I knew she dozed back off in her chair and spilled the hot chocolate all over her legs.  The hot chocolate was so hot that she started to scream.  I picked her up and immediately adults were running around trying to help.  One person grabbed the water container to pour over her.  Another ran to get the first aid kit.  When we poured the water over her leg, the skin just peeled off.  We laid her across the table and put burn medicine on her leg.

Strike Three!

When we left later that day, we decided that the burn was to severe.  We ended up in the ER.  She had a second degree burn from that hot chocolate.  The doctor gave us silver dine ointment and gauze wrap to keep it covered.

It was certainly an eventful camping trip that we will never forget.  After all of this, we have been camping again and have learned to love our trips.

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Strike One!

Our family usually takes one camping trip in the summer time. However, that hadn’t always been the case.  It was probably about 8 years ago that some friends of ours invited us to go camping with their family.

We were very excited about going camping.  We had only been one time before about 5 years prior to that and it was so miserably hot that we ended up packing up early and headed home to the A/C.  Our friends are avid campers and I think that I could describe them as “professional campers.’  I was in awe of all the camping equipment that they set up.  It was pretty amazing.

However, when the camping trip began it did not quite start off on the right foot.  We had borrowed a tent from my brother since we didn’t have one.  So when we arrived at camp, we began to unload everything and set up camp.  It didn’t take long for us to encounter the 1st of 3 bad experiences on that trip.  We got the tent out and started to set it up and realized quickly that the tent poles were not in the bag.  So, there we stood with a very flat tent and no way to raise the roof.

Luckily, our friends had an extra tent that we were able to borrow.  So, strike one tried to ruin our trip, but we persevered.

Coming soon…..Strike Two!