It was about a two hour drive and the entire way Kale repeated, "I want to go camping! I want to go camping! I want to go caaaaaaaamp-ing!" Finally, about 90 minutes in, Kris asked him, "Kale, what is camping?" and Kale shrugged and said matter of factly, "I don't know." Oh, three year olds....
As I've mentioned before, Kale is the best version of himself when he's outdoors. That means that he's in his element when he's camping. Even though the weather was cool and the mosquito's were horrible, Kale still had the best time going for hikes, looking for bugs, playing at the beach, and roasting marshmallows.
The water of Lake Huron was absolutely FREEZING - but this didn't stop Kale from jumping in. He loved pretending the waves were chasing him and begged us to walk in with him, holding his hand while he shrieked. While Kris and I tried to rub away our goosebumps and change Kale out of his swimsuit, he tore down the beach in his birthday suit, laughing hysterically, and attracting the attention of everyone around us.
On Sunday night, the rain began to fall. We knew they were calling for 1-3mm, but it was more like a MONSOON. Of course, Kale woke up at 5:30am and was literally bouncing off the walls of the tent. We tried to entertain him with the iPad, distract with promises that snuggling would make the rain stop, but he wasn't having any of it. At 7am we all put on our rain suits and started to pack up the last of our things (luckily we had the foresight to pack the majority the night before). We got completely drenched and covered in mud pulling the tent stakes out. Meanwhile, Kale was having the time of his life wandering around in the rain..... We finally got everything into the car, peeled off our wet clothes, got Kale in his seat and then Kris asked "Where's the iPad?" The last place either of us had seen it was in the tent...... So - we put our wet rain suits back on, unpacked the tent, and looked for the iPad. Oh, joy.
When we finally did get on the road, Kale fell asleep within 15 minutes and by the time we got home, the sun was shining. It wasn't the best camping adventure for our family, but we still had a good time. It was nice to get away, even for two nights. I can't wait for more camping this summer - hopefully with nicer weather :)