Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Camping at Holliday Lake State Park

Before the boys returned to school, we took a four day camping trip at Holliday Lake State Park.  I ran an ultramarathon there years ago, and always thought it would be a nice place to camp.  The day we arrived, the entire place was empty except for one RV (by the weekend it was almost completely full).  So we got the pick of the tent spots - #14 (which was good because some of them are right on top of each other). 

The boys rode bikes around the camping loop while Paul and I got things set up.  We successfully figured out how to hook up the tent garage with the rainfly, so we were pleased that we weren't total idiots this time (unlike our garage setting up FAIL at Fairystone). 

The lake was exceptionally clean, and no one woke up during the night sick with stomach pain and vomiting this time around.  More success!

The boys can't get enough swimming during the summer months.  It's one of their favorite activities. I enjoyed running the trails in my spare time (and Paul biked them).

On Friday we took a side trip to get in some history at Appomattox Courthouse.  It's only fifteen minutes away.  Here are the boys in the jail.  They were suitably impressed by the big chain bolt in the floor and walls.

The little village was simple and quaint.  There were people in period dress telling stories throughout.

The picture below is the backside of the McLean house (brick).  The parlor inside is where Lee and Grant met to end the Civil War.  The guides were excellent and I think the boys were able to realize what a monumental moment this was in history.

We walked all over Appomattox Courthouse.  So many interesting things to see!  But eventually, we headed back to our camp.

At Holliday Lake, we attended five ranger programs.  The rangers were so knowledgeable and the boys adored their programs.  Below, the boys are learning how to build fire by a number of different methods.

Another day, we attended a critters of the lake class, and the boys caught water scorpions and minnows and other tiny lake life critters by net.
We had such a great time!  Now, we can't wait to go again.  Hopefully we can try a camping trip sometime this fall. 


Tom said...

...what a family fun time.

Kerri Farley said...

That looks like an awesome park!! How fun!

Monkeywrangler said...

Looks like a wonderful trip! Both from the fun had while camping, and the trip to Appomattox for the history. At least you got to see it, before the SJW's & Antifa get there and try to tear it down!

If you ever want a fun but long-for-you trip to camp at a state park, look up Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds state park. A ton of fun, especially for the age your boys are, and the tent sites (all 7 of them) are nice.

Karen S. said...

What a wonderful experience for all of you! These are the special times for family to share and make going back to school so easy, and they have lots of stories of places and things they've done to share! Life is so good!

Out on the prairie said...

What a great trip, lots of fun and knowledge gained. I am still swimming here, I was the only one at the beach.

Ginny Hartzler said...

This sounds like Heaven for boys! I have not heard of this lake, or water scorpions! Now you will really have to go back later in the fall and roast marshmallows. That is a beautiful big tent, it must have been something else to set up. I do remember when there was sickness on the last trip, with much throwing up. I think my favorite picture is the boys as they jump in the water. Pure joy!

Lin said...

Oh, we have that tent! Is it an REI Kingdom 4 or 6? We bought the 4 last year with the garage and we LOVE that tent! The garage certainly is helpful. We could store our gear and cook in there when the weather was rainy or cold.

Looks like a great trip! I would like the hands-on fire-building class. I would think that would be really helpful knowledge.

Linda said...

I like Appomattox. I didn't know the state park was so close by.

A Quiet Corner said...

Nice getaway and this Fall another trip there sounds like it would be even more fun!...:)JP

baili said...

Wow !!!
Thank you so much for this virtual trip to this beautiful park my friend!
i enjoyed each bit of this picnic you shared as i were with you guys .
Wonderful and very sweet photos,kids are adorable

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Greetings from the UK. Glad you enjoyed your trip. I like camping.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Terra Heck said...

What a fun experience! Looks like everyone had a good time. We used to tent camp quite a bit.

Sally said...

Oh, so wonderful! So happy y'all had a great time. Your camp setup looks great, and the boys? I'm always so glad to see them. :)


Harry Flashman said...

Sorry I haven't been around much. Just got internet back and we are getting back to normal, slowly but surely.

My brother and I visited Appomattox Court House in 1977, when we were both on TAD to Quantico , Virginia. It was an impressive thing to stand right there where the War Between the States ended.

We did some camping when our kids were about the age of your boys. I hated camping, to tell the truth, having done a lot of "camping" in some of the worst parts of the world for months at a time. But I felt like it was something all children should experience at that age.

Glad you and the family are doing well.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It sounds perfect and looks like a great place to camp. The boys are so cute and growing up so fast!

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

How fun! I love the pictures of the boys in the lake!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

You were kind of in my neck of the woods. I'm glad you had such a great time. The camping grounds were beautiful. I think that's where the local 4-H holds camps. When I worked for the health department, I went to Appomattox regularly, and Larry lived there many years ago.