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.