After zoo camp, we headed home to pack up our camp gear. The Bumsted’s arrived, then we were off to Boone to camp and float and enjoy the simple life!
Carter and I pitched our own tent, nicely, if I do say so myself! But, ultimately, no need, as Kelsey and I were both a little freaked out over the total isolation at Seven Oaks! The three of us piled in their big tent. Safety in numbers when encountering a serial killer, you know?!!
Casa Bumsted and Casa Chalupa for the evening! Perfection!
The Littles were nothing short of amazing all trip! They are awesome at self-guided, imaginative play, and they really pulled through when we needed leaf kindling for the fire! Nora, you are awesome!
These knuckleheads had to have their shot at building the world’s biggest fire! I love their big ideas and grand gestures (but, per usual, it was a little overboard – I know you’re shocked! – and Kelsey revamped a bit!)!
We have fire (after 35 minutes of trial and error and numerous trips for more leaves later!). They were captivated!
Big’s CHEER to a great time: Soda, campfire junkfood, and best friends! Does it GET ANY BETTER?!?
Camp fire delicacy!
Charlie needed another dog!
Marshmallow time! Nom nom nom!
“If they’re not burnt, you’re not doing it right!” Carter declared!
My GOD! Look at those dirty feet! And that happy smile! Worth it for sure!
Successful campfire with the awesomest people I know!
Game time! “Shut the Box” and “Rory’s Story Cubes”!
Total crazies in the tent! I think, between us both, Kelsey and I slept maybe a combined 3 hours?! It was just so desolate and isolated out there!
Up and at ’em Friday morning! The awesome’ness was kick-started by Charlie peeing on the fire embers, creating smoke! We all thought it was AWESOME!!!
Later camp site! We packed up our gear and left nature as it was. We did leave with a fun little souvenir: Grant getting stung by a Yellow Jacket (and, they were all pretty luck to not get stung more, as they covered the nest opening with a walnut! Come on, guys! Don’t poke the bees!)!
Checked in at Seven Oaks, coolers loaded into the bus! Let’s DO THIS!
Grant, Carter, Collin, and Kelsey, ready to float!
Me and the Little’s, ready to rock!
Seven tubes, two coolers, the Bumsted’s and Chalupa’s and a 7.5 mile stretch of the Des Moines River. Heaven! Let’s get on the river, guys!
Under the Kate Shelley’s High Bridge, with a train sighting! The Kate Shelley bridge it the tallest in the WORLD, at 195 feet! Awesome!
Kelsey had a cooler-tube and Nora, and I teethered myself to the other cooler-tube and this guy. I’m lucky like that! Look at this happy little smile!
Sandbar lunch break!
We explored a bit, splashed around, and found shell treasures!
Me and the crew! Seriously! What did I do to be so fortunately lucky to have the guys in my world?!
My little people! Love these two to the moon and back!
EPIC Des Moines River SELFIE! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!