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June 16, 2011 / kristieinman

Turkey Run

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We had a family trip to Turkey Run State Park! Here’s a quick play – by play in “Morning After” Style:

day 1: arrive

* we leave the house with minimal food and supplies. (including tent stakes…but more on that later)

* stop by Trader Joes for lunch a s’more ingredients (they don’t carry marshmallows)

* munch lunch on way to park  with one child sitting on the floor because we only have a 7 passenger van and 8 people

* drive around camp site for the perfect place to set up (can’t be in woods too much because of mosquitoes, not too close to other people, not too much in direct sunlight)

* set up 5 man tent for 8 campers (we really should invest in another tent someday)

* Realize that maybe putting kids in charge of packing isn’t such a great idea when we notice no tent stakes

* Realize again that kids shouldn’t pack when we notice one of Danni’s shoes have no shoelace.

* finally drive up to trail head and secure a belt and lead-rope onto Enoch to keep him from getting away

* decide on gentle trail #8 for now and rugged trails #3 & #9 for next day when I’ll stay at camp

* somehow lose map

* end up on trails #3, #9, #8, #4, and #5 (the trails happen to also be stream beds!) before finally finding the van

* Go back to the site and learn from Bill how to roast the perfect marshmallow (that we had to pick up from the camp store)

* play catch and frisbee (finding creative ways to fetch them out of the poison ivy)

* Decide who is sleeping where (Harrison in the camp chair, girls in van, Bill, Enoch,  Danni and I in tent (gorgeous night!!)

* Wake up 3 times during the night to flash light on Danni’s path to the bathroom (which we thankfully camped close to)

Day 2:

* Wake, roast the last of the marshmallows, pack up camp

* go back to trail head (me thinking we’re doing the easy one we missed the day before, the rest wanting another grueling adventure.)

* study map (we picked up another one)

* debate

* gang wins, but only until I get angry only 1/2 mile in

* we turn around and go home

* get home – unpack – rest (I go teach yoga at the ‘Y’) and then find that most of our pictures are blurry because of poor lighting in those deep valleys

*It was fun though -we just have to forget my temper tantrum…. and by the way…I may look pregnant, but I’m just fat from sitting and eating too much!



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  1. JoEllen / Jun 17 2011 2:12 am

    Kristie – you’re pictures are awesome! Turkey Run looks amazing and I’m always disappointed when I think we never actually made it there. So, you have a 5 man tent….but only slept 2 adults and 2 little people in it. 🙂 Awesome. I love that you let the kids pack and just dealt with the consequences. Your girls are really turning out to be beautiful young ladies! Love the s’more pictures.

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