Camping with the Kidlets

12 Jul

A couple of weeks ago, the kids and I went camping for three nights at Burlingame State Park in Charlestown, RI. I had posted some thoughts from the first night out there.


Sorry in the dark

Sunday: We went down on a Sunday afternoon & basically had the opportunity to set-up camp before it was time to start working on dinner. While, I prepped dinner the kids played games in the tent. I had picked up the Smokey Joe portable charcoal grill from Weber, and it was time to break it in. Plus, my uncles had given me a camp stove. So, night one was grilled chicken & red peppers, with a side of cheese tortellini. It all came out excellent (especially for the first time using any of the cooking gear). After dinner, we all began playing a game of Sorry. The night was, of course, capped off with a camp fire and S’mores.

We woke early, and hopped in the car with the kids still donning PJ’s. My sisters and I had planned to take my father golfing for a belated father’s day gift and the schedules coincided. So, breakfast consisted of Ally’s Donuts. Yum!!! Home of some of the best donuts in the world. The kids played in the pool with my mom. We golfed. And then met up for lupper (and dark & stormy’s) on the deck of the Coast Guard House.

When we got back to camp, we played some more Sorry. Then paused for some crackers and cheese. Played some more games, had some more S’mores & called it an early night. We were all beat from a long day in the sun.



Tuesday: The next morning, we feasted on cheese omelets, ham, and homefries. (Another good start to the morning.) Then we made sandwiches and got ready for our first family hike. We ended up doing 3.5 miles together, mostly on the Vin Gormley Trail (& .5 miles on the road to/from the campsite). It was a nice hike. But, for kids who are just getting into the activity, I think it would have been better to have had a destination goal (a summit, a pond, something). But, we walked 1.25 miles in before pausing on a footbridge over a creek for some lunch. Then, we pressed on another .25 before turning around and heading back. It was very flat. But, at least I had an idea of how far the kids walked before complaining.

Once back to camp, we threw on our suits & headed to the beach!  Burlingame is on the shores of the 573 acre Watchaug Pond.  We all cooled off and enjoyed some time in the water, before having to head back to start preparing dinner.

Watchataug Pond

Together, we prepped some burgers & corn on the cob and grilled it all up.  Throw in some Cool Ranch Doritos, and mmm hmmm…  Good camp food.  And, we roasted marshmallows for s’mores for the third night in a row.  The kids swear they could never tire of them.

That night, we had our first inclement weather of the trip.  It was long after bed time.  And, the rain didn’t last long.  But, damned did it rain HARD!  The decibel level inside of the tent was amazingly loud!  There were a lot of lightening flashes, but not a ton of thunder.  But, we seriously had a river flowing behind our tent.  The next morning, we were walking past our neighboring campsite (who were camping in a trailer), and the woman shouted out and asked how we made out last night.  She told me she had been so worried for us because of how hard it was raining.  Thankfully, the tent held up perfectly.  Not a drop of rain in the tent at all.

The next morning, we cooked up some pancakes, broke camp and headed back to the house.


My Awesome Kids and their self portrait - They seemed to enjoy camping (as if you couldn't tell)

The very funny thing about the conversation I had just referenced with our neighbor is that it was the first words spoken to them in the three days we had been there.  However, in ensuing conversations with my mother and sister, it was revealed that our neighbor was actually their pilates instructor and her husband.  She told my mother how they were groaning when the van pulled up and three kids piled out.  How they groaned further when they realized it was a single dad, outnumbered by three kids.  They feared the worst.

By the end of that first day, however, the husband was convinced that I was military because the kidlets were so well behaved.  Two days later, when they saw us departing for our hike, he was further convinced I was military because the kids were apparently walking equidistant in a straight line behind me.  At some point, they had heard me tell them that I was going to the bathroom.  They got excited when they heard Syd say, “All right.  Dad’s gone!  Now, we can do whatever we want!”  So, they ran to the window to watch what the kids were going to do.  Excited to see how they were going to act out.  And, they just nicely played.

At any rate, we all had a blast.  And, I can’t wait to get out there again with them soon.

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Camping



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