The 2012 Wild Things Weekend started off with the anticipation of 100+ degree days. I'll be honest, I sent everyone an email asking who was still planning to go with the hopes of everyone bailing so I could hole myself up in my air conditioned house. Only one person bailed and they missed a fun-filled weekend with temps that didn't get close to 100 degrees.
On the drive, I had the radio turned off and was simply chatting away with my son, Ethan. After two hours of conversation he stops mid-sentence and asked how long we'd been talking. I said, "well, I suppose almost two hours." His response cracked me up (and maybe it tells you about kids these days). He said, "Wow! I didn't know we could talk this much! Is this what grown-ups do in the car?" "Yes, this is usually what grown-ups do on a car ride." I could tell how thrilled he was carrying a conversation that long. With discussions about weather, space, chemistry, robots, day camp, and spy gear, it was a moment I will cherish for as long as I am able to remember.
We had all the traditional camping experiences that weekend with a nice little dab of newbie watching where Dads Inc director, Brian Carter, experienced his first camping trip ever. I have to say he did alright (especially since he brought the burgers and dogs).
With hiking, canoeing, swimming, roasting marshmallows, and much more, the weekend was a success and a ton of fun. Here are some memories: