We got to Branson at about 6:00 on Friday night and proceeded to set up our new home at Compton Ridge Campground. The tent went up without a hitch and I started the hot dogs on the Coleman stove that we had brought. (We were going to do them on the fire, but we didn't get the fire made in time.) We DID get to have s'mores, though, because by the time dessert had rolled around, the fire was going just fine! The temperature was JUST PERFECT for sleeping in the tent - it was probably in the low to mid 50's, so we were able to snuggle into our sleeping bag without feeling like we were going to swelter!
In the morning, we got up and I started breakfast - bacon and scrambled eggs and REALLY bad coffee from our stovetop camping coffeepot. We wondered why it was SO BAD, because it was the same coffepot that we took on our honeymoon (10 years ago) and the coffee wasn't bad back then. I realized after we got home that there was a big chip in the enamel in the bottom of the pot, and it had rusted, so that would explain why the coffee tasted like tin! After breakfast we headed over to Silver Dollar City for the day. SDC is having their Festival of American Arts and Crafts right now, which means that there were lots more booths with crafts and things in them than they usually have. We rode rides and ate good food and went to see a trick pony rider, which was really neat, and headed back to the campsite at dinnertime. Again, hot dogs on the stove and s'mores for dessert. I took The Kids up to the playground for a little while after dinner, which they just thought was the coolest thing! (Funny how kids are like that! If only they'd always stay so easily entertained!)
I realized after we got back to the campsite that I had only brought one PullUp for Deco to sleep in, and he had "soiled" that one the night before. So, Ched went up to the campsite office to get a pack of diapers, because it's always hit or miss as to whether Deco's going to stay dry at night, but apparently the owners turn in early because he came back empty handed. So we said to Deco, "Now, Papa is going to get you up in the middle of the night and you're going to pee right into the woods in front of the tent!" (insert happy, singsong voice here) Deco was HORRIFIED at that idea, and before you get horrified too, please realize that we were at the bottom of a really big hill to try and walk up in the middle of the night with a sleepy kid. (In fact, if you look at the picture at the top, that white building ABOVE the car is the bathroom.) And, in fact, when the time came for him to go, he STILL wouldn't go! So, up the hill I trudged and disaster was averted. The funny thing was that when Ched was trying to get him to go in the woods, Deco was crying a little bit in a very husky voice and all of a sudden, we hear this owl hoot from a tree that MUST have been right above the tent...and it sounded just like Deco! I think the owl thought Deco was trying to talk to him!
So, on Sunday, we packed up all our goods and headed back to SDC for some more rides and such before we drove home. I think that the highlight was the Saloon Show that we went to see, because it's pure SDC! Dancing girls, cowboys, slapstick comedy - it was great!
So, it was at about 3:00 that we headed for home. I've got to say, I think I'd do the whole camping thing again, because this really was a fantastic weekend!
Things that I forgot to take camping:
- A broom for sweeping out the tent when we were done. Thank God for nice neighbors at the campground!
- Trash bags
- A second Pull Up for Deco
- Bug spray
- Actual paper plates - I had packed styrofoam because they're heftier and you can't use THOSE for kindling!
- A lighter. I had matches, but a lighter would've worked better!
- Our SDC passes - that will cost us $30 the next time I forget them!
- Dish soap for actually washing out the cooking pans with, indead of just having to rinse them!