Friday, May 20, 2016

Jemimah Takes a Retreat

A couple times a year I like to take a few days away from the chaos and have a 2 or 3 day retreat. This time I decided to take Jemimah out for 3 days by myself. I’ve never done that before, but it’s the perfect time of year for a retreat - school isn’t out, so the campgrounds are pretty quiet, and the weather is decent.



I’m not physically able to do all the setup myself (I can’t crawl on the ground to set the jacks and such, and I’ve never actually parked it in a campground) so my sweet husband delivered the trailer to my favorite campground and got it all set up.


It’s so beautiful out there. I enjoy the sound of the creek and the birds, the weather was perfect (what’s a little rain on the last morning?), and the quiet was ideal. It was a time for Jemimah to get out of the driveway, and for me to get away from the noise that is Scrivnerburg, and spend some time with my Savior.


Thanks for stopping by to see what Jemimah’s been up to! Next week she gets to go on the first family trip of the year!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A favorite campground

Jemimah and I are so eager to get out and go camping! Since it’s not quite time for that yet (at least not for us), I thought I’d share a bit about some of our favorite campgrounds.
I’ve already mentioned Charles Waters Campground here. It is part of the Bass Creek Recreation area. The campground isn’t big, but it’s lovely. There’s a nice little loop near the entrance, and another section of sites that extends to the west. The campground also has a wonderful, large field for kids to play in. It’s a fantastic place for kite flying!
Our favorite campsite is at the end of the road to the west - it give us good access to the field for the kids.

There was a lot of rain on this particular trip, so we created a tent/tarp city.

I think the family was coming back from a tromp through the woods here.

Bass Creek Trail is a nice hiking trail. As my daughter said, the dam and Beaver Pond are just up the trail a ways…around that next curve. (Yeah, right - it’s actually about a 2.5 mile hike up to the pond.) It’s a nice hike, with a lovely reward.
This was early on the trail. So pretty!

The views at the pond are worth the hike.
If you decide to check out Charles Waters Campground, be sure to have protection against bugs - there are mosquitos, ticks, and a bunch of other tiny irritants. There is potable water, and they have vault toilets. They also have a place to dispose of garbage. I think there is one site with electricity - a handicap accessible one - but no electricity isn’t an issue for our family. We generally bring our own firewood - I don’t know if the campground host has firewood or not. If that’s not an option, you can find it at the stores in nearby Stevensville.
It’s really a wonderful place to spend a few days. If you are through the area, let me know what you think of Charles Waters Campground!