Thursday, May 13, 2010

Archaeology Day at Fernbank Museum

An old iron
A seed planter
My future archaeologists put the pieces back together
Learning about ancient pottery
Delaney too!
Artifacts from the past
Shelby still plans to be a vulcanologist when she grows up

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Edisto Island Beach State Park Camping Trip

As usual, Courtney got his way again.  He talked me into our latest toy, a travel trailer, henceforth referred to as "the camper."  Although the truck he'd recently purchased had ample towing capacity, he had to trade it in for am SUV because blah, blah, blah...
We'd planned the beach camping trip long before the camper idea was though of.  We were just gonna tent camp.  I was Ok with that.  I really was.  Gas alone ate up a big chunk of money.  I didn't realize how much would be needed when hauling a load.  The total gasoline bill for the trip was about $250.  Also, it takes longer to get places when you're hauling a load.  I'm a city girl, how was I supposed to know that?
There's a tiny Piggly Wiggly right outside the park.
Shelby's beach-friendly hairdo.
The girls sleep in the bunks above.  Ava on top, Shelby & Delaney below.  The door on the left is the bathroom.
Inside the well lived-in trailer.  The bed is actually a slide-out.  It extends the length of the trailer by about 4 feet.  The dinette area converts into a bed also.
It rained off and on the first couple of days there.  On Saturday, the surf was really rough.  Courtney tried some fishing, but it was no use.  The girls enjoyed the beach cold wind and all.

Breakfast in the outdoor dining room.
It was about a half mile walk from the car to Botany Bay Beach, a few miles from the campground.  It was worth it!  On the way we saw hundreds of little brown crabs on the sides of the path.  When a few of them decided to cross the path, Ava & Shelby went into hysterics.  A few minutes later, Courtney and I saw a possum coming towards us!  We weren't worried about it being rabid as much as how the girls would react whe they saw it.  Luckily when it saw us, it made a right turn.  Whew!

The beach was deserted and beautiful.  I have been to many beaches, but I'd never seen as many shells as I saw here!  We spent about an hour there walking on the beach and collecting seashells.  The have people there who make sure you don't take them home.  I just wanted to take pictures of them.
The girls decorated a tree.
Someone left this display for us to enjoy.
Listening to the sea for the first time.
Headed back to the truck.
I finally found a bird field guide at the Goodwill, but I never did find out what kind of bird this was.
My beautiful man.
The view behind the trailer.
Our first trailer camping trip was a success.  The girls definitely loved it.  Our next trip was going to be to a beach campgound near Destin, Fl.  Tight finances and the impending oil slick, have caused to change plans.  We'll either go the the mountains near Chattannooga, TN or Lake Lanier Islands.  Stay tuned!