This weekend we tried tent camping with the kids to see how we can all manage while we explore our province this summer without the trailer.
We had a fantastic 4 days on the Pickerel River. I mean who wouldn't love camping here for free!!!
The first day we arrived it was raining so everyone went fishing until the rain passed.
After fishing everything was still wet so the girls went to explore a bit so the guys could get the tent up. We found a rock that looked like a puppy dog...with a bit of imagination (see by her foot and a better close up in the other).
|Can you see the dog rock?|
Blandings Turtle as his shell looked big and rounded from across the lake. The other possibilities due to it's size would be a Snapping Turtle or a Wood Turtle but I was too far away to know for sure. My gut with the shape of it's shell and size even from a distance makes me believe it was a Blandings Turtle.
While we were over on the other side of the lake Sierra and Charlie had fun exploring.
They also spotted a beautiful wild Iris.
After the sun came out we could barely keep everyone out of the water all weekend! Here is how we enjoyed the lakes and the river while camping here. Due to the close proximity of the current the kids all had to wear their life jackets even when just throwing rocks from the shore to be safe.
Pretending to surf...
and getting dunked in currents by uncles...
riding on whales...
Warming up and jumping back in again...
There was cliff jumping...
and cliff jumping watchers from the sidelines...
With silly poses and silly faces.
|Charlie and Kali|
|Aayla the Mountain Goat|
There was more fishing
Sierra caught a little fish too and kept him close by for a couple hours before letting him go.
He did catch a couple other fish and we cooked it (and all our camping meals) over the camp fire.
There were many beautiful sunsets... none with a lot of colour but the sun rays were beautiful to watch set behind the tree line every night.
There were lots of rocks thrown into the river...and a few sticks too...
We saw many other creatures as well
The girls found a couple of little American Toads and set them up a little habitat to watch them while we were camping.
|Female Eastern Dobsonfly|
It's body was about 3" long but it's wingspan was closer to 5" so seeing this on your pillow I think would freak out almost anyone.
|Wingspan of the female Eastern Dobsonfly|
We saw many of these all over the rocks. I believe they are what dragonflies emerge from when they hatch to fly.
One of Aaylas favourite thing to do while camping was either drive the truck
or sit in the back as we went to gather firewood, or run to town. She had a blast out there signing songs at the top of her lungs.
So as you can see we really enjoyed our first tent camping trip and hope to do many more this summer. Trailer camping is wayyyyy easier with kids but I think we will manage just fine.
We also took a hike at French River Provincial park which you can see HERE.