This trip was truly about spending time together as a family.
K was the first one up each morning, naturally. He gathered kindling and lit the fire with his tinder kit. To get it going for breakfast.
D and B planned the wilderness camp very well. They chose the site and packed all the bedding and tent. They planned and organized all the meals. They did a fabulous job!
We quickly got into a daily rhythm;
We would have oatmeal and tea for breakfast.
Then we would all tend the fire and work at preparing meals.
Everything was cooked over the fire.
D spent the morning of the first day building a tripod to put over the fire so we could hang the kettle and the cook pot over the stove.
Then he worked on carving us a flipper for the burgers and a ladle for the soup out of nice hardwood.
The tripod has a really practical double hook affair that could be raised or lowered to control the amount of heat for cooking.
While we were cooking or carving or tending the fire B was reading to us from a Neil Gaiman novel. It was quite nice. Even when she needed to pause for a few seconds to rework the story a bit to make it appropriate to read to her little brother.
Even the puppy lay down to listen,