A-Campin’ We Did Go

Our plan was to leave for the campground as soon as DH got home from work on Friday. We were so proud of ourselves; we had remembered to pack the lawn chairs that we overlooked last time! lol.

No need for everyone to know, but I’ll admit to you that, instead, I forgot the dish soap, sponge, paper towels and hair spray! shaking head. I see that I must make a Master Camping List.

Once again I had a pailful of mini-scrap balls to crochet into one and two-round granny squares and started in during the car ride to camp.

I’m so glad that DH loooves to drive, because we soon found ourselves in the midst of a Huge traffic jam. We spent an awfully long time looking at this.

Eventually I called the campground to let them know we wouldn’t make their 9 p.m. check-in deadline. Since we had already set up our new tent a couple of times, doing it by the car’s headlights wasn’t toooo bad.

In the morning we got to check out the neighborhood. There were trees. . .

on all sides.

Check out those cute ‘new’ chairs on our ‘front porch’! HEhe.

The nearest campsite was kitty-corner across the road.

Unbelievably, there were no other campsites visible. . .

in either direction!

We even had a beautiful view overhead! lol. I call dibs on space #14 for our next visit!

Our primary goals were to relax and hit the American Textile History Museum and the New England Quilt Museum, both in nearby Lowell, Massachusetts.

No flash photography was allowed in either of the dimly lit museums, so I have nothing to show from our visits except for these quilt magazines and books I got at the quilt museum’s tag sale. I know… How cool is that? – a tag sale at a quilt museum!

DH was very patient while I flipped through box after box after box. I suspect the comfortable chair and generous supply of chocolate that museum staff provided for him may have had something to do with that!

The magazines were, I forget, 25 or 50¢ a piece, but were thrown in for free when I bought two books, ‘Designing Quilts, the Value of Value’, for $5 (originally retailed for $21.79) and ‘American Country Scrap Quilts’, for $10 ($27.95). Not the greatest of tag sale prices, I admit, but I can pretend that they were only 50¢ each because our admission to the museum, normally $7 each, was free! Yay!!

Obviously, only I thought the tag sale was great, but even DH thought the quilt exhibit, ’25-Year Retrospective of Advances & Milestones in Quilt-making’, was wonderful! Seriously, if you are at all interested in quilts and happen to be in the area, it’s worth a stop. This particular exhibit runs through October 14 and you can see it for free on Sept. 25th! Admission will also be free on Oct. 25 and Nov. 25, 2012. For more information visit the website, nequiltmuseum.org.

If you’d like to learn more about the role textiles played in the American Civil War, you’ll enjoy seeing Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War Exhibition, which runs through Nov. 25, 2012. Scroll down to read about events scheduled during the exhibit.

There was so much to see in the textile museum, we kind of ran out of steam half-way through this special exhibit. So, if you go, I recommend you check that out first! Also, take a sweater or wrap of some kind if you’re at all prone to chill; the museum’s temperature fluctuated wildly from zone to zone.

Since we planned only the two excursions, there was plenty of time to crochet. Yay!

We also went for a meandering walk in the woods and enjoyed seeing plenty of ferns,

mushrooms and cones,

and some interesting-looking lichens and moss.

We came upon a rock,

a Big rock,

which made DH nervous as I climbed to its top and peered down over its edge!

A little farther along, through the trees we could see sunlight dappling on water.

What a lovely pond!

Following its shoreline we saw a short-necked bird on a log…

and then a long-necked bird in the water. It was fun to watch him catching bugs in flight.

There were dozens of frogs,

but most were camera-shy, squeaking and leaping into the water as we neared. Squeak – Sploosh!

The pitch of the squeaks and splashes varied with the size of each frog, and their frequency depended on how densely packed the frogs were and how fast we walked… Squeak! Sploosh… Squeak. SQUEAK!. Splash. . . Splunk!, etc., etc. It was fun to be part of an impromptu concert!

As we headed back across this bridge…

we met a group of young boys armed with plastic containers and nets. I don’t think they planned to merely listen to our frogs!

On our way home we talked about how much we’ve enjoyed these little camping breaks. We would have liked to have visited at least once more this fall, but Lorraine Park Campground closes for the year in early September. sigh. So, we’ll just have to wait until it opens again, come late May.

By the time we got back home, I’d managed to fill my pail with finished mini-squares.

So many more squares for future mini-scrap projects. Yippee!!

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7 Responses to A-Campin’ We Did Go

  1. Allyson Gilcrease says:

    Oh, I feel like I went camping with you’ll!!! Thank you so much for the tour and pictures!!!! Looks like you’ll really had a fun and relaxing time. And great crocheting done, to boot!!

    • Fun to have you along!… although I wish you would have shared your hairspray with me. HAha.
      (found a CVS later in the day)

      The camera made me look at things a little harder. It was odd how common everyday things became more interesting once I started taking pictures of them.

  2. daniellajoe says:

    Allyson took the words right out of my mouth….Camping is fun as long as the wild life stay away….

  3. Edith says:

    The scenery is so pretty and peaceful looking, thanks for the lovely pics!

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