Camping at Nicklen Lake Recreation Site
The preparation that comes with camping with 5 kids and 2 dogs is not an easy feat, but it was nothing short of an amazing weekend. When it wasn’t raining the kids were all lined up along the bank of the lake casting their rods and catching decent sized rainbow trout like crazy.
Or they were playing hide and go seek and tag along the trails around the campsite. They told “scary” stories around the campfire and sang silly songs that they made up as they roasted marshmallows. It was definitely a camping trip I will look back on and remember for years to come. I had to almost beg and bribe my oldest daughter (12) to come. “But mom, seriously there isn’t going to be any wifi there and I’m going to be soooo bored.” I asked her later around the fire if she was having fun and she said with the hugest smile on her face “Yes mom I’m having fun. No wait! I’m not supposed to be having fun! Ahhh darn you got me.” And then we had the best laugh together. I admired the artwork and amazing talent of my step daughter’s (12) sketchbook as she drew in the light from the campfire. I watched as my son (8) tried to catch frogs along the edge of the lake and he finally succeeded which he proudly came to show me.
I watched as my partner and his football loving daughter (also 12) played pass in the beautiful sunshine and how he taught her how to clean the fish she caught. I taught my youngest daughter (7) how to cast and she said to me, “Mommy, thank you for teaching me how to fish. Now I can teach my kids and they can teach their kids and they can teach their kids and it will just go on forever. Oh and mom, just so you know…. I’m not quitting till I catch one.” And she did! She caught her first fish in the last light of day.
Written by: Tiffany Szekely – Submitted as a story contest entry.
Published: June 18th, 2015
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