Our Camping Adventures – Christmas trip to Forest Lakes Preserve, NC

For the first time in 30 years we had no family around to celebrate Christmas with us.  It was Savanna’s family’s year to spend Christmas with Lance’s family in Florida.  Brad is being careful with his leave so he didn’t want to take leave to go to Tennessee or Texas.  Neither Matthew or Ryan could take time off from work either.  So, we decided to go camping.  It turned out to be the best idea!  We had a little bit of an adventure on the ride there.  Brad felt the tire acting funny on the Lexus, so we pulled off an exit, found a spot to pull as far over as possible on the side of the road and sure enough one of the back tires was bulging and about to blow.  We had planned on getting new tires but had thought they could wait until spring. I guess not… But, God is good, all the time, and we drove just about a mile or two down that road and right in the middle of nowhere we came across a city park with a huge empty parking lot.  Brad had plenty of room to disconnect the trailer and change the tire without being in any danger from traffic.  And the entire time he was working the rain held out.

The girls were a little confused about what was going on

Once we got to the campground we had a really rough time finding a suitable camp site.  Most of them had a drop down to where we couldn’t get the trailer off the hitch.  On our third try we finally were able to get the trailer off the car.  It was frustrating because since we had the flat we got to the campground pretty late and then with all the trial and error on different campsites we didn’t get our dinner until almost 10 o’clock.  We had our traditional clam chowder.  Brad had made it at home and we brought it to heat up.  I also had made our cheese ball so we felt a little festive.

We had thought we would be able to find a restaurant open for a Christmas buffet on Christmas Day but that didn’t quite happen.  We wound up eating Chinese but we got a good laugh over it thinking about the movie “A Christmas Story” where they wind up eating Chinese on Christmas Day. Fa-rah-rah-rah-rah!

We had been a little worried about the weather being too cold but it was absolutely beautiful the entire weekend.  It was in the 70s and it wound up being a great trip.

The girls loved the ducks


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