The Croatan Forest is treating us well. We are staying the full two weeks allowed by the forest service. Site # 17 is awesome, spacious & completely private on the awning side of the trailer. It also has the perfect spot for a tent! Lathan & Kaitlyn & the three pups joined us this past weekend!
Knowing their arrival would be late, Edward & I set the tent up Friday afternoon. Been a while since we had to figure that out. But all went smoothly after Edward fixed a missing piece. We were very excited to have guests but wondered a bit about the four dogs. Well, the pups were fantastic. It was all very exciting for them but they behaved very well.
It was a different camping experience for us as well. We did much more outside than usual. It was fun to cook outside & have a fire in the mornings. The blueberry pancakes were a big hit! The weather cooperated by never actually raining! Dry weather is much appreciated by tent campers.
The boardwalk loop through the marsh by the campground was the early morning walk of choice for the pups. Later in the day, Kaitlyn & Lathan wanted a more adventurous walk so we loaded everyone up & drove to Oyster Point to walk part of the 20 mile Neusiok trail. It was gorgeous & we were oohing & ahhing about the gorgeous views & how much we loved the trail. We walked 2.4 miles in to the first shelter, a simple lean to for hikers. We enjoyed resting in the “house” & the pups loved running circles through the clearing. On the return trip, Kaitlyn began noticing things crawling on the pup’s legs. TICKS! They were covered in tiny ticks, many of them the super small seed ticks! Boy, did we scramble back. We all began to furiously remove ticks. Totally gross, the count was well into the hundreds. Fortunately, two of the dogs are white & that helped. Needless to say, we had a fair share of ticks ourselves. Our beautiful hike ended on a very sour note! To add insult to our tick injuries, Edward & I have a number of chigger bites! Itchy city!
Sunday morning was beautiful so the kiddos went kayaking while we kept the pups. Grand dog sitting went much smoother than we could have hoped. The poor dogs were exhausted from the day before so we had an easy time. The exhausted kayakers returned to camp, with a lovely meal ready for them. The packing up went quicker than the set up (as usual) & they were on their way home by 3:00! Edward & I are so pleased the weekend went well & hope to see them again in Morrow Mountain State Park. We will be headed there after a one-night layover to see Dean, Camille & Mom again. We are hoping to trade cooking dinner for some laundry services!