We had BIG plans for this weekend. We've been looking forward to it for weeks. The plan: Drive down to Mustang Island State Park on the Gulf Coast and camp on the beach for the whole weekend. We rented (from the base equipment rental place) a tent, 2 coolers, a 10x20 foot canopy, 2 lanterns, a Coleman stove and bought about a hundred dollars worth of camp food and other supplies. The camera batteries were charged, everything was packed, and we were excited and ready to go Friday afternoon. Some friends that were going with us had just left and we had a few stops to make before leaving ourselves.
Then we got a call. Steve's flight commander said no one can go to the coast this weekend because of Gustav. The weather shows sun and shine for the whole weekend there. We were BEYOND disappointed. I felt like crying. We were SO looking forward to this. We decided to make the best of it and take all our camping stuff out to Canyon Lake and camp there. We got out there Friday evening and had a lot of fun. We found a nice camp site with our good friends, Josh, Kelli and their daughter Kaitlyn, as well as Tom, a guy from Steve's flight. We had a nice campfire and slept very well that night (especially Steve and I on our air mattress...I know, we cheaters). Saturday morning we got up and took the kids swimming in the lake, then rented a pontoon boat for 4 hours and took it out. The boat was the highlight of the weekend. It was a blast! Steve and I have since vowed that one day we will live near the water and own a boat like that. The kids loved it, they guys turned into kids and Kelli and I just loved watching them all and soaking up the sun (we've not loving the sunburns today, though!)
When we got back to the camp site, we started a fire for dinner and Tom started scratching at some ant bites. Next thing we knew, Tom swelled up all over and looked like he was ill. Steve took him to the ER, where he was quickly drugged up for his anaphylactic reaction to ant bites. By the time Steve and Tom were done at the ER, Steve had to drive Tom home (about 40 minutes away) because he was VERY drugged and in some pain. He would then have to drive back out (another 40 minutes) and that just seemed like too much. So, less than 24 hours after getting there, Josh, Kelli and I packed everything up and we all headed home.
We were pretty disappointed that our weekend wasn't what we planned, but we did have some fun. So, this evening, we had them all over to eat some of the 'camp food' we still have left over and we all enjoyed steak, camp-taters and s'mores on the grill. We also enjoyed looking at pictures we took this weekend. Here are some for you to see:
Gabby had a tooth coming in, hence the extreme drool
Once again, not Oreos...
Nothing like breakfast cooked on an open fire
Steve being pulled behind the boat
Our lunch break on the boat
Steve and Josh getting on the boat