Of Campouts, Best Friends, and a Snake

Hey everyone! It's been a long time! Ok, maybe just one week but it feels like a long time. 
Today I'd like to share pictures from the campout. (Please excuse my poor photography.)

On the first day, we arrived around 4 pm because it was raining and we couldn't set up the tent until the rain stopped. 

No this is not the tent. This is a pop-up canopy thing that we used for a sort of a kitchen.

See, not the tent but it was really nice and waterproof. We even strung Christmas lights in it. See that little brown box to the right? That is how we got power.

It got dark very quickly and the mosquitos were extremely bad. This is our tent. It was actually a lot bigger than it looks.


The Christmas lights turned out to be very helpful!

See? Our tent was actually rather large.

We had a little space heater to keep things warm. It proved to be extremely useful. Especially at night.

The next day after everyone had breakfast the Hulin family arrived. They have like a lot of girls. 
We went over to their tent to visit with them while they ate breakfast. It was really fun!
Sorry for the bad lighting.

In this picture, you can see the Hulin breakfast corner and hair salon. (Yes, Lydia was braiding the girls' hair)

Me and Hannah! 

After lunch, we went to walk the trails of the park it was really fun and a LOT of walking. XD

 While we were walking, you will never guess what we found...

 A SNAKE!!! (note: That is NOT me who is holding the snake. Just thought I'd point that out.)

Yes, I was taking a lot of pictures. The girls who were holding it said that it wasn't poisonous. I guess they have had a lot of experience with snakes.

 This, my friend, is called a toothache tree. From what I understand, People would take the little knobs on its bark, and chew on it. It would numb their mouth so that their toothache would go away, I'm guessing. 

More pictures of the hike.

 At some point, we lost a few girls and the dads were trying to figure out what to do.

There's my dad!

The dads decided to send two of them to go back and find the girls who were not with us

Me and my dad!

Cypress knees!!!

As it turns out, the girls who we thought were left behind were actually ahead of us. Aperentally they didn't stop to see the snake. Now we had to get ahold of the dads who had gone behind.

I had to get a picture of someone on a log because I did last time. 
I've made it a tradition. XD

Yep, that's me.

The colors didn't come out as they should have. 
It was a purple flower not white

What is that???

Those girls were not the only ones who got to hold a reptile!

That was probably the craziest thing I had ever seen (aside from the snake)

This, everyone, is how I was writing. If you want to know what it is, comment. I don't have time to explain it right now.

Daddy but the lights in the tent!!! It was so pretty at night!!!


This is everyone on the last day 
(Except Lydia because she was taking the picture)

This is what we called a bathroom
(I totally did not know someone was walking out as I took the picture.)

A little while after breakfast, my sister, Daddy and I drove to a really cool restaurant called the Picket House. If you have never been there, you need to go asap.

This is a random car that I saw. 
I was really pleased with how it turned out. We were in the car when I took it!

The Picket House!

I really wish I had brought my camera into the restaurant because there was a lot of cool stuff in there. (They had lots of circus posters and one of them was Barnum and Bailey there was a little bit of text that said "see you at the greatest show on earth")

Anyways, that was probably the most fun I have had all year. I can't wait until next year!!!