Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Science Fairs and Camping Out

Just last week my step-daughter Olivia participated in her school's Science Fair. Unfortunately we got some bad information about what time it was happening so we got there as it was ending. We went in anyway so we could check out her project.

Her daddy is checking out the eggs that she did her experiment with.

She had 4 eggs in different substances and recorded what each did to it's egg.

Olivia is showing us one that was unaffected. The most odd thing I see in this picture is the sweatshirt she is wearing. I'm telling you it was about 95 degrees outside this day.

Had to get a close-up of her eggs during the experiment. That egg in vinegar is pretty gross looking.

As that week came to a close, we were ready for our kid free time. Only those moms and dads who are on their second marriages would know what these are all about. (As much as we love our children, we still enjoy the time they spend at the other parental unit's home.) We decided to load up the truck on Saturday and head up to the cooler climate of Payson, AZ.
It takes us less than 2 hours to get there. We love to drive around....even when we have no place to go. It's a stress reliever for us and we always enjoy each other's company and conversation.
Saturday night we just sat around by our fire talking and playing Farkle. I thought it was chilly, but Jason thought it was great. I was feeling a little sorry for myself because I'm on a diet and wasn't able to eat the pizza he brought back to our camp site. Yeah, yeah, I know pizza is NOT a camp food, but we didn't plan in advance and the impromptu adventure is more important than what you eat.
In the morning, Jason lit our fire back up and we put our percolator on the hot coals. While waiting for it to get hot, I snapped a few pictures to show you why I really don't mind camping out.
Jason found this super duper cool truck tent at Cabela's. It sets up super fast and then we hook the opening around the end of the truck.
Standing inside the tent (and yes, it's tall enough to stand upright in) you can see our very cozy bed set up in the bed of the pickup. Jason bought an air mattress that fits the pickup bed and we throw a thick foam pad on top of that. Then I put some king size sheets on it with some blankets and VOILA! Comfort at it's finest.
I can't wait to go again while it's still cold enough to have a fire going. Too bad most of our kids don't enjoy camping.


Mrs. Miles said...

Thanks so much for your visit to my blog, and I'm so glad I tracked you back! Love the look of yours and it was fun to read. Being a camping person myself I enjoyed reading!

I can't imagine, after our looonggg cccoooold Canadian winter what it must be like to have to drive NORTH to get COOLER LOL!

I'll look forward to visiting again!

~ Barb

Nancy Face said...

I can't even believe that egg in vinegar! :0

I'm always cold when my hubby is just right or even too warm! FOOLISH!

I pretty much love your truck tent! I've never seen one before! :)

Leigh said...

That is the tent I am trying to talk David into buying! We have a great tent...but that one would be perfect for the back of our SUV!