This past weekend we went camping at Big Hill Lake with my parents. We met them at the lake, which is in southeast Kansas, because it is almost exactly halfway for us. This is one of my family's favorite places to camp. It has some of the cleanest water of any Kansas lake, great hiking trails, awesome swimming beach, lots of deer and good camping sites. We had an absolute blast. The weather was perfect - cool in the mornings and evenings and warm for swimming during the day.
When we first got there Friday evening, we set up camp and headed to check out the beach - just to look at it and before we knew it, Caleb had already headed into the water and plopped down, ready to play. We sat by the campfire, made s'mores, had delicious camping food - including probably the best steak I've ever had, played cards, went swimming, took the boat out, and made lots of fun memories. We had three raccoon visitors during both nights - they helped themselves to some of Boone's dog food. They woke us up about 4:30 am each morning about three feet from Nick's head outside the tent.
Unfortunately we couldn't find the camera before the trip, so we didn't get many pictures except on cell phones. Overall, it was such a nice, relaxing time in the outdoors with family. I am glad this has been a tradition and hope it continues throughout the years. :) Can't wait for next year!