Saturday, September 6, 2003

Williamsburg, Virginia

End of August through Labor Day 2003

Week long trip to Williamsburg, Virginia and surrounding area...

Fred, Collin, Michael, my niece Cory and I camped at Newport News City Park.

Site A13 (Very large wooded site along the reservoir)

Campground has no pool, but great as an inexpensive base camp while exploring Busch Gardens, River Country and Williamsburg, Virginia.

View from our campsite. (-:

Highlights from our trip...
Checking out the sites around Williamsburg
Dressing the kids up in colonial clothing....

Bribing Collin to ride all four roller coasters at Busch Gardens with a t-shirt...
which he then wore proudly!

Michael being picked for a demonstration...
Again dressing the kids up...this time in heavy war gear on a hot day
Checking out Jamestown and Yorktown
Thinking we could scope the campus of William and Mary College and "see" if my cousin Laura would happen to walk by...never saw her. )-:
Having the kids be able to fish right at our campsite and they did actually catch some...

Hanging out with these cuties!

And watching them all have a great time! (-:

Friday, August 15, 2003

Pocomoke River State Park, Maryland

Camping trip in the summer 2003 with our friends Jen and Gene and their 3 children.
On this trip, we took our neice Cory along with the boys.
Here is the crew of kids...

We stayed at Pocomoke River State Park in Maryland. Pocomoke River State Park is located in Maryland about half way between Assateague, Maryland and Chincoteague, Virginia so we have often camped there to be able to visit Fred's mom in Chincoteague, but still be able to see the wild ponies of Assateague, Maryland which we prefer over Assateague, Virginia.

Assateague Island, Maryland with the wild ponies...

Highlights of our trip...

Catching up with Jen and Gene. Fred worked with Gene and we all went to high school together...Jen was always one of my best friends throughout high school, but we hadn't seen each other in quite some time so it was great to reconnect.

The four "adults" putting up the screen house over the picnic table that had the lit. hot. lantern. sitting on it. And the aforementioned screen house roof landing on the lit. hot. lantern. and burning a huge hole in the aforementioned screen house. Instead of screaming in horror, it was more like laughing till we almost peed our pants! (-:

Spending time with my niece. Always a pleasure!

Stopping for dinner at a buffet and really having time to chat with Jen and Gene while the kids were occupied stuffing their faces! (-:

Sadly I didn't take nearly enough pictures during this trip, and it is a regret of mine! Anybody that knows me now won't understand that I didn't always take 100's of pictures.

Gene passed away about three years ago, and unfortunately we were never able to reconnect on another camping trip.

RIP Gene! We miss you!


Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Hidden Acres Campground, Cape May Courthouse

July 2003
Another trip down to the Jersey Shore....can you ever go too much?!

Back to Hidden Acres Campground with Michael, my niece Cory and our puppy Kira. Cory only stayed one night?

Monday, July 14, 2003

Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey

July 2003

Our first camping trip in our "new to us" camper...
1990 Palomino TXL PopUp

Fred, the boys and I stayed at Hidden Acres (Now out of business) in Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey.

The boys first night in the camper....

Christmas in July!

The boys swimming in the lake...

Cape May Nature Center -

Michael touching a turtle...

Collin petting a turtle...

Cape May Lighthouse

Thursday, August 1, 2002

Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

August 2002

Tent camping with my brother Randy and his wife, Jamie at Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia.

Randy and Jamie - site 5

Fred, Tonya, Collin and Michael - site 6? (across from Randy)

Highlights of the trip

Collin giggling nonstop while the goats

were jumping on him at Country Critters Petting Zoo; Davis, WV.

Michael laughing while being surrounded...

Michael rock climbing with Uncle Randy

A colorful lizard on our loooonnnnggggg hike up the mountain...

The view from atop the mountain (-:

The much easier trek down...

Watching Aunt Jamie wade in the water with the boys while some of us took the bridge.

Smoke Hole Caverns, Seneca Rocks, WV

Michael being scared to come out on the cliff for our picture...

All of us watching the beautiful sunset at a lake!