We had our first camping trip for the year this past Memorial Day. The Ridge (formerly known as Frost Ridge) has been our Memorial Day campground for several years. We registered at the campground later than desired and ended up in a site that is a comfortable pull-through spot for a pop-up, but not our RV. It took a little over an hour for me to park the RV. The first night was so cold, we didn’t even attempt to build a fire. We retired early and woke to a great morning with a great breakfast.
The Breakfast Bowl
A few years ago we started adding all of our breakfast items in one bowl. At first it made for easy clean-up but then we started loving the mash-up and made it a staple in our camping trips. Our breakfast bowls include potatoes, onions, bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese, and a drizzle of syrup.
I still keep a box of cereal and yogurt on hand because that is the only breakfast my youngest will eat. The breakfast bowl, along with a cold cup of orange juice or a cup of hot coffee, helps to warm up an otherwise chilly morning.
Thankfully, the weather warmed up some later that day and the kids were able to go swimming. The water was frigid so it was great entertainment to see kids jump in the pool and come pop up out of the water screaming. Chaney was in the pool the longest and had a hard time warming up. As I sat on the side of the pool, I thought about the need to update this site sooner rather than later. I wanted to make note of the other black children I saw around the pool. Yet, the adults that were there with the children were not black. They called out to the adults with the titles “uncle” and “aunt.”
It was ridiculous how much food we cooked. My eldest son ate so much when he was in high school, that I still tend to cook for 10 instead of 6. That child could eat for several people. He’s now 20 and camps on his own with his friends. He’s in this phase where he wants to do everything he did with us; but not with us.
While we were out camping, he and his friends were at the house and decided to have a little get-together and built a fire. These boys went through Will’s entire wood pile and kindling. He needs to pay for the next delivery of wood!
Our neighbors came out for dinner. It’ always nice to have our friends come out. And, yes! We try to sale the camping experience. At this time, they have their hearts set on buying a boat. After dinner, we headed down to the stage for the live DJ. The entertainment the previous night was night before The Christopher Gerard Band. The bands that play at The Ridge are not the flavor we desire, but if that’s what’s playing; we’re game. But there’s only so much I can handle in one evening.
Our first trip was a success. We hope to one day possibly be seasonal campers at The Ridge. I love the owners, and the regulars are friendly. I’m sure that we’re the only black family that graces there presence all season, but that’s what makes our adventures great! That’s simple how we do it!
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