Another fun, busy weekend! I finished this hat before we left for an overnight camping trip, to take to a 5-year-old birthday party when we returned. The new owner seems to like it. Dorothy approved of the "gem" beads in the center of the flowers.
We took the camper to Lake Monroe in Bloomington. I went to college at IU, so it was fun to be back in that area. We drove to campus in the late afternoon just to see how things had changed and vowed to go back next summer to visit some of my favorite old haunts. Our campsite was, once again, not very woodsy. Next fall we will know that we have to make reservations early (or commit to 2-night stays) if we want to camp in a natural setting during October. The place we went was more of an RV park for Indianapolis fishermen or weekenders who are interested in an RV intentional neighborhood scene, not so much a woodsy campground one. We had no idea going in, but it was also the weekend of this site's annual Halloween festivities, including a campsite decorating contest and trick-or-treating. We hadn't planned on this, so during our excursion to campus we stopped by a grocery store to purchase candy and a makeshift costume for Dorothy--a $2.99 tiara and wand set. It ended up being a fun surprise. The other families were very nice, and the whole evening ended up being very enjoyable even though it wasn't what we pictured. Since groups were walking around from site to site, many people also made a point to go over and peek in our cute camper, which was once again very unique among much larger and newer (and neutral-colored) campers. My favorite comment was from one person who asked if it was really retro, or had we purchased it new to look like that. :)
Now for my pictures. Above, Dorothy is broom-sweeping our camper as we get things set up. She fancies she is like Laura Ingalls doing her chores.
Even though our site itself was not woodsy, the campground was right next to the woods surrounding Lake Monroe. We took a gorgeous hike through the pretty foliage and down to the lake. (Can you spot the baby?)
Dorothy pretended to be a lake mermaid. I got this photo of her pretending to jump back to her watery home, but unfortunately did not capture the hysterically cute affected mermaidesque hair-tossing of a moment before.
We cooked chicken sausages on the fire, and enjoyed our favorite fall acorn squash soup, which I'd prepared at home and warmed in the camper microwave.
The almost-full moon was a perfect backdrop to the campsite trick-or-treating.