|The drive to the farm|
But the real coup de grace came a little bit later. With Logan doing the potty training thing, when he announces that he has to pee- we rush to find somewhere to pull over. It's nice having the camper because there's always a bathroom 30' away, but I still have to find somewhere to park safely. I took an exit and pulled over on the entrance ramp. There was a big rig already parked like that and we pulled over ahead of it. To get off of the road, I had to get uncomfortably close to a line of reflectors (metal reflectors on metal posts). I took Logan back to do his thing, got us back in the truck, and started back onto the road. The problem is tail swing - when you turn left, the tail of your trailer goes to the right. And while I knew this and tried to gently pull onto the road, I was just too close to the reflectors. One caught my rear passenger-side slide. So now I have another war wound and a story to tell.
|Tail Swing illustration from everywhereonce.com|
|The mark of a tailswing kiss|
We continued the fun when we opened a slide and found that something gouged the floor. Better yet, that something was a screw. That screw was one that I added when I was fixing up some drawer hardware.
|I love when it's my fault.|
Pulling out of Pecan Park was surprisingly tricky with an ill-placed light pole. To get passed it, the tail swing would have put the back corner of the camper into the concrete bench at the concrete table at the site. The bench was a bear to move- heavy and it came apart on me! At least we knew to watch for it and didn't make contact.
|Our site at Pecan Park|
|I'm betting I can go back through pictures|
of past years and find the kids sitting
on this same "chair".
|Their first looks at the chicks|
|He loved the little playground|
|Logan did good, nice and gentle|
|Paige wanted one, of course|
|They were so fluffy!|
|Very nice, level and quiet at night|
The next morning, we said goodbye to our new friends and headed for Ocean Lakes in Mrytle Beach. We stayed for a long weekend, getting there on Saturday and heading out on Tuesday. The weather was cool but not incredibly cold. While we were only there for a short time, we packed a lot of stuff in.
First, parking. All of the spots are pull throughs, but the roads are snug and the spots aren't super deep. Our site was right about 45' long- which meant the camper fit tip to tail and the truck had to be parked in the grass. Fortunately our site was pretty wide. It's a beach campground, what can you do?
|She does good!|
|Such a cutie|
|Not many people were out|
|Nasty foot for size reference|
|Seeing them triggered his, "poke it with a stick" response|
|It was THAT windy|
|Preparing for the Ride For Kids since we'll be in Baltimore for it|
|Lots of water hazards|
|This boy takes the difficult, but fun, path|
|We might even have turned the machine on|
|And then a little later, someone pulled in and blocked most of it again|
|We way over thought one and ended up checking|
under the pier.
|It ended up being out front and "easy" to find.|
|OMG! It's a shark!|
|He's ready to shred some waves!|
|She's still a Maryland Girl.|
|What can I say? They're strict on the rules|
and we're a couple of badasses.
|We saw one fish and thought it was weird that it bobbed|
with its head above the water.
|And then we got to the feeder. So eww.|
HERE! Look at the video of us feeding them!
|My little shopper.|
|I won't lie, it was fairly uncomfortable. But worth it.|
We ended the night with me taking the kids to the arcade at the campground while Momma did laundry. I spent way too much money on some Army men and random other trinkets of junk. But, the kids and I had fun. And... Mom, well, I like to believe she got some peace and quiet to herself. That's a thing, right? That's good enough to not have help for laundry, right?
|Flying ping pong balls of glory|
|Maybe it was a little big for him|
|Whack a shark!|
As usual, Flickr is filled with these photos and more.