We spent thanksgiving weekend camping at South Mountain campground in the valley… last camp of the season and we could not have planned a better way to finish it. It was the perfect mix of friends (new and old), food, activities, and beautiful weather.
On Saturday morning we went to noggins to check out the corn maze.
The boys enjoyed running the maze (and consequently being yelled at to not go too far ahead about every two minutes). Thank goodness they weren’t the navigators!
I can’t remember why she had a sour puss on her face in the corn maze. Puss or not, she still looks crazy cute in her troll glasses.
It was a fantastic day to be outside and visit the farm – the maze, a haunted house, slides, a tire mountain, and so much more!
Everyone was happy to spend some time there, but we had to get back “home” to get ready for turkey dinner! Everyone pitched in something and we had a delicious meal outdoors, serving twenty seven people spread across five campers (plus a couple extra). It was an amazing meal and so nice we could eat outside without sweaters!
The campground still had some activities going – the jumping pillow and chocolate bar bingo were the most notable (no, we didn’t win).
This little missy spent a lot of time on her bike this weekend! I think it’s safe to say she has mastered the balance bike and is on to a bigger bike next summer!
On Sunday we went to the pit races in New Minas. The picture I had of this in my head did not end up being accurate. This was a lot of fun – sitting on the edge of a gravel pit in our lawn chairs, eating pizza, and watching trucks tear up a fun course up and down and around the pit. The kids especially loved the couple of wrecks we saw (this one was a slow topple over).
Oliver wanted one with the truck parked right behind us.
Eleanor loved the playgrounds. This campground has lots to keep the kids busy, even in October.
Overall, this is one of the best camping weekends we had all summer! I think the campground you are at matters much less than the people you are camping with (although this campground was definitely sweet and we will definitely be returning!). This was the type of weekend that, even if it wasn’t Thanksgiving and we didn’t have thanks on our mind, you couldn’t help but be thankful for the friends around us, for making new friends, for having the means to spend a weekend like that, and especially for having three beautiful children that can run and play and hug and laugh and yes, even fight. I’m thankful for it all.