One of those new traditions will probably be an annual Thanksgiving camping trip! Because we LOVE CAMPING!!! (Be prepared for a bazillion photos below!)
Camping will never be the same (I got to sleep in a bed and with AC). Hallelujah!
Our first annual Thanksgiving camping trip was to Inks Lake State Park! And it was awesome! We had never been camping at Inks Lake. I was a little concerned that it might not be much fun if we couldn't get out on the water for swimming, but this park had the best hiking of any we have visited so far.
Inks Lake is in the Hill Country of Texas, just Northwest of Austin. The park is in a rolling hills area with lots of scrubby trees and gorgeous rock formations. We got to climb steep rock trails, see a water fall, and climb trees. And then we had lunch and took a nap (in our air conditioned trailer) and did it all over again!
One of the really miraculous things that I love about camping is my kids get completely unplugged. We let them play their tablets on the ride to the campground, but once we were there I didn't once have to encourage anyone to get outside and play. They LOVE exploring and running and climbing and chasing and yelling! We have to work a bit on the yelling. It starts a little too early for many of our campground neighbors. An older couple walked up to Brian on our first morning at camp and said, "You must be the famous Daddy! We heard your name being called about a 100 times this morning before breakfast!"
The biggest downfall of our trip is that it was drizzling rain off and on most of the time we were there. Which meant enormous amounts of mud and dust and sand have made their way home with us. It also meant we had to cut our marshmallow roasting session very short. So Brian and our die hard roasters stood in the rain and roasted up a bag. Then we all piled into the nice, dry trailer, the kids watched a movie and the Bigs played gin rummy! And then we went to bed in our nice, dry (and did I mention air conditioned) trailer.
We will definitely plan on coming back to Inks Lake. The swimming holes look awesome and the park was better than we could have hoped for. The scenery was amazing and the kids had so so much fun. And we did it all without one bite of turkey!