But we did improvise! We all crammed in to the screened in tent and Ray made us our breakfast sandwiches on the little gas stove top. He made bacon and then egg, ham, and cheese grilled sandwiches. YUM!
Since it was so rainy and gross, we were sort of thinking we wouldn’t be able to canoe until at least noon. So we were all just lazing around. Around 10:15am we got word that we would be canoeing at 10:30! The mad scramble to get all canoe-ready began.
All ten of us got on the river around 11:00am. We were told it was a three hour paddle. But wait…who paddles?
As if I wasn’t already a big steaming hot mess after a rainy night in a tent, nasty feet from muddy flip flops, and no make-up, it was about to get much worse.
Everyone took turns “launching” their canoes. I sad in the front of ours patiently waiting for Tom and Kristin to get their canoe off and floating. I was sitting there minding my own business when…SPLASH! I was gasping for breath as I came up from the bottom of the river!
Apparently, my superman of a husband thought he could shove us off and leap into our canoe all while not telling me what he was doing. Um, no. Now I was completely soaked, my leg was scraped up, and I had a bruised hand. Even hotter mess than before. But after I rung out my tank top and bandanna, I was in good spirits again!
After all, it was an accident, and look at that smile? How can I be angry at that? Plus, let’s be honest, he does all the canoe work. I don’t have to do anything but ride along. And sip my, uh, beverage. I like that about canoeing.
See? Sorry…this picture is sort of a hot mess. This is what happens when I camp, fall in a river, and then smile really big while squinting into the sun. Oh and that guy behind me? Yup, I married him. He is mine.
The river was higher than normal due to all the rain so there weren’t as many place to have pit stops as usual. We did a lot of this: Party Barging. There I am with my girls! Sisters-in-law MacKenzie and Liz and our friend, Kristin! These girls are why camping? Isn’t as bad as it could be. And canoeing? Is awesome.
We did find some places to stop. I mean, we had to have bathroom breaks, right? I am not sure what Tom and Cody are discussing here, but it reminds me of when my Mom-in-law said to Tom, “Hey Tom. It’s pretty hot out here. Why don’t you take your sleeve off?” I mean seriously? That was the funniest dang thing I heard all day. My mom-in-law making a tattoo joke? awesome.
There was lots more fun on the river. Mom and Ray tipped in their canoe. Cody and Liz tipped in their canoe (and then MacKenzie and Dave dragged Liz down the river until Cody could get the water out of the canoe and pick her up). There were millions of turtle-sightings and even more laughs and jokes.
By the time we got off the river, we were all tired…and looking a little worse for wear. We dragged ourselves back to camp, played some hillbilly golf, made some hot dogs, rested, and enjoyed being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
Yes, Sluiter Nation was sun burned, tired, achy, and did I mention tired? We probably could have used a nap!
And aside from a brief panic attack on my part Saturday night (we had no phone service and I couldn’t call to check on Eddie. Plus I mixed anti-depressants and some booze. not good. lesson learned), the weekend was very fun! I was proud of myself from changing my attitude from angerball to happy pants.
Even if by Sunday morning when we were packing up, I was sure I could smell myself. I think that might just be the definition of a hot mess.
And as it turned out? Eddie had a GREAT time at my parents’ house! He was back to his old funny, silly, happy self when we picked him up Sunday morning. Go figure. I freaked out for nothing. What else is new?