Bunny here at the keyboard to write about the first of my fantabulous birthday adventures from the past weekend.
You see, last weekend was the weekend when Dad’s family has their get together at Camp Wokanda. Camp Wokanda used to be a Boy Scout camp, but it’s since been given to a local park district and they’ve preserved it pretty well. There are cabins all through the camp as you hike on trails through the woods. This is where we have our annual night hike and I never miss out on the fun.
This year, the camping weekend happened to be during my birthday weekend. I thought it was actually pretty nice that it worked out that way. It was fun to go out and see everybody while we were doing something that we don’t normally do. The night hike is one of the things that we look forward to every year.
Since the time change already happened, that meant that we got to have a night hike right away as soon as we got out of the Princessmobile. Cars aren’t allowed on the trails unless there’s a special circumstance, so you have to park down in the parking lot and then hike up through the woods to get to the cabin. It’s great spooky fun. Flattery came along this year, too, but because Dad was hurrying from work to get us there in time to have dinner at the cabin, he didn’t want to take the time to get things moved around for Küster to go, so it was just us hounds this year. I can’t say that I minded, Flattery is good company and always good for an adventure, too.
Once we got to the cabin, we headed inside.
The cabins are really rustic. They have electricity, but no running water, heat or stoves. The humans have to actually take care of their business outside on a little stinky seat. They have a wood burning stove that warms up the inside of the cabin and we enjoyed eating dinner and talking for awhile. I had fun with Tractor Guy and Peanut, who have become my pint-sized fan club. Tractor Guy got to spend the night at the cabin, but Peanut and her little sister went home with their mom to sleep and came back in the morning.
After dinner, we all headed out to sit around the campfire and sing songs. I’m not going to lie to you, this is not my favorite part. I am not a fan of being close to the fire, and if you’re not close the fire, then your nose and toes get cold because you’re just standing there. I prefer being more active and walking around to see the sights. But, it’s important to the humans, so I waited for them to get done.
When they got done, Mom was playing with this app on her phone. There were geocaches to be found and they were nearby. At the same time, it just so happens that Dad was explaining about geocaching to Other Sister (not to be confused with Favorite Sister, who is Tractor Guy and Peanut’s mom). Mom and I decided that we just had to find the one that was closest to us and sure enough, we did. We signed the log and then we got pretty excited. Mom knew there were a whole bunch of caches out in the camp. A little bit later, when we went out on a night hike, we couldn’t resist heading off the trail to find another one. Dad and Flattery were looking for them, too, but Team Pink found them all first this time. Yes, I proudly stuck that feather in my cap. I also brought home a tiny bit of loot.
Before we knew it, it was really late.
Perhaps it was because it was already dark when we got there, or maybe it was because we were having so much fun, but we were surprised when Dad announced that it was time for us to go before we turned into pumpkins. We took one last night hike back to the Princessmobile and packed it in. I am pretty sure Flattery and I were both asleep before we even got out of the parking lot.
It was so much fun to start my birthday weekend surrounded by fun, family and frolic. Not every princess gets to find her own treasure for her birthday. I can’t wait until we can do it again next year!
And lastly, we’d like to say a big thank you to our veterans who have made sure that we can go out and do fun things like that by defending our country through the years. Veterans, we salute you and we are so grateful that you do what you do. Happy Veteran’s Day!