Friday with the Glampers: We spent the morning making 'stone leaves using quick-set cement. Mine was not so good but the plus side is that I now know all of the things I did wrong. So not a total loss, right?
After lunch, we went for a 'stream hike'. We donned water shoes and old clothes and drove to the lower part of the park where a trout stream wends its way to the Maquoketa River. Betty and Ann had selected a section that looped around an area with a parking lot so that we didn't have to walk back upstream to get to our cars when we were done. I was very appreciative of this bit of foresight by the end. My shoes were old sandals with rubber soles that would have been fine had they also been designed to keep the sand and rocks out. I have several nicks on my feet from small rocks that got under the straps. But it was a beautiful walk and something I would do again with better shoes.
Supper was a baked potato bar and after the walk and all those carbs, I got a good night's sleep. Saturday morning I opted out of the kayaking and decided instead to do what I thought was a short hike around the campground to the road. It was two miles. Beautiful, but it put me down at the bridge with a very challenging climb back up the hill. By that time, a two and a half hour nap was in order to be ready for an amazing potluck supper. Afterwards, of course, a campfire and the glow of Sandy's chandelier.
Daryl, one of our 'manpers', taught me something else. My outside light has not worked since the second trip. I took the bulb in to get a new one so that would get the right one, right? However, it didn't work. Daryl checked it out and I found out that there are single contact bulbs and double contact bulbs. Mine was a single and I had bought doubles. So I will remedy that. This morning a sudden rainstorm cancelled other plans. Most of our group as well as the rest of the campground began the flurry of dismantling and packing up. Shortly after noon, a real downpour decided to hurry the process. I will spend a quiet afternoon and evening with some reading, writing, and a little TV. Tomorrow, back to the real world.
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.