Last weekend we made our annual trek to the mountains of WV for our family camping trip. This is Andrew's 3rd trip, even though he's not yet 2 1/2.
I had more concerns this year as Andrew is more mobile, more curious, and more vocal than ever. Fortunately, he had a wonderful time and we avoided the numerous hazards all around us such as ticks, hornets, the river, boiling oil, etc. He kept saying he had to sit on the potty, when the potty was a fly-filled latrine, and I was reminded of how fun potty training is going to be. A huge bonus was that I didn't have to milk myself like a cow the way I did on Andrew's first trip.
Andrew LOVES being around people, and having space to run around. He was already thrilled with being outside, so the throwing rocks in the river, staying up late, and eating all manner of junk were the icing on the cake for him.
Speaking of cake/food, we had our annual Fry-day Fried Food Fest, but we added some healthier options this year as well.
Some favorite deep fried items:
Dill pickles (cut into thin rounds)
Fish (for fish tacos with cilantro mayo)
Sweet potato fries
Nutter Butter cookies (OH MY, YUM!)
Some favorite healthier items:
Black bean and rice salad
Chipotle Corn Salsa (copycat version) RECIPE HERE
6 dogs at our campsite provided entertainment, and my sister's addition of a brand-new camper was a great place for Andrew to nap, or as he says, "Have a moment."
And, of course, we had a great rare bird sighting with this bald eagle:
It was a lot of prep work and schlepping for 2 days of fun, but I'm grateful for time with family.
p.s. If you've never tired a honeybun cooked over a griddle, you are missing out.