I am back from my first camping trip with the Girl Scouts.
There was rain, and thunder, and out-houses, and wet clothes, and all the things that make a great camp-out.
There were many adventures.
Take, for instance, this picture:
This would be me, in the Bogue Sound off of Emerald Isle, in murky water where real-live creatures live.
As in creatures of the scary kind: shrimp, pipe fish, and crabs as big as my face. Oh, I forgot to mention sting rays, and sometimes sharks...but only "little" sharks that don't eat suburban soccer moms who drive white mini-vans.
I made that last one up. Sharks actually can eat suburban soccer moms, but only when provoked by a big green net hungry.
Anyway, this picture was taken as I was fretting about what would happen if I fell in the water, rendering myself fish food, or worse, getting completely soaked. Seconds before, my eyebrows were furrowed in consternation. When I realized my photo was being taken I quickly gave my best I'm-not-worried-at-all-about-falling-in-crab-invested-waters smile.
But you know what?
I would do it all again. In a heart beat because....
The kids had a blast...
Playing in the surf...
And catching wildlife....
We all loved learning about marine life and the coast of this great state we have the privilege to call home.
It was a great way to start our summer vacation.
The only way this trip could be better is if I had a way to make the large mound of sea-smelling laundry disappear. Maybe next time.
***In the interest of due credit, all photos in this post were taken by our troop leader, M. Lewis.