We enjoyed our time away from the house, the TV and wi-fi so much, there really is nothing like it. It's pretty awesome to truly spend time together. Of course, vacationing anywhere with 6 kids isn't very restful. That is not the definition of a family vacation for us in this season of life. Spending time as a family doing things our kids enjoy is what it's all about. Thankfully our kids are easy to please. They just love being outside and whittling a stick, looking for treasures, taking hikes, exploring little pathways, playing on playgrounds, climbing trees and sleeping in tents.
There were raccoons prowling around every night as soon as we went to bed. They woke me up multiple times. One night we had a skunk brush up against our tent, we didn't see him, but we all smelt him. That was a little unnerving, especially when Joe thought it was a raccoon and was trying to scare him off by beating on the tent and yelling at him. Thankfully, he moved on and took his scent with him.
The only issue we had was when Joseph was trying to fish, she crawled off the blanket and ate a small piece of a white mushroom. We didn't have any cell coverage to google whether it was poisonous or not. I wasn't overly concerned about it because I didn't feel there was much I could do, so I just prayed and told God I trusted Him to take care of her. It was a couple of hours before we made it to the nature center and asked the ranger if she could help us identify a mushroom I had picked like it. She felt that it wasn't from a poisonous family and said she would've already had a reaction if she was going to have one. Shew and thanks God!
The campground was practically empty and the section we stayed in, we had to ourselves. It was nice because the kids could explore and roam pretty far but we could either see or hear them. They scavenged and collected all sorts of things.
We were so close we decided we had to drive to French Lick and see what was there. We had a picnic on the lawn of West Baden.
To say that it's beautiful, that's not even the beginning.