Friday, July 11, 2008

Jellystone - Part 1

We just got back from spending 5 days camping at Yogi bear's Jellystone Park in Quarryville, PA. The park is only about 45 minutes away from home and there is so much to do there, the time seemed to fly!

The day before we left a strange kid followed us home so we took her with us (actually, it was our 14 year old niece Corinne).

Of course, the girls had a great time and didn't want to leave. Personally, 5 days was a bit long for me, I missed my bed and my own shower.

Oh, and fast food.

We had a few "issues" on this trip. Mainly lots of whining and crying and Jen saying "I wanna be a GOOD girl" every time we had to correct her or tell her to be nice. Sleeping arrangements the first night were: me and Ron in one bunk and Corinne, Steph and Jen in the other. We quickly realized that was NOT a good idea since Ron, Corinne and I stayed up late into the evening playing board games and the girls were up and at each other's throats at 6 AM the next morning.
Needless to say, Steph spent the other 4 nights bunking on the third bed (the dinette converts into the perfect size bed for her) so that we could keep them seperated. The rest of the trip we got to sleep in until at least 8 or 9 AM. Perfect.

The weather tried to cooperate with really did....but we got caught in more than one downpour. I didn't mind getting soaked when we were already in our swimming was the complete water dump when we were trying to cook dinner on the grill one night that got a *tiny* bit annoying. Of course it stopped raining as soon as the burgers were done. Yep, of course. The rest of the time it was sunny and beautiful. And hot. Thank goodness for the AC in the pop-up. A big shout out to Ronnie for having the best idea EVER when he bought and installed that's a lifesaver.

On our first day there we arrived at about 4 PM, unpacked and set up camp, made dinner, played Bingo at the pavillion (I won $12!!!), and went to the Ranger Station for some ice cream.

After that.....the trip is a blur.

Here are some shots at bingo the first night:

Look at these baby fingers (Jen's).......I could just put some syrup on them and EAT THEM UP!!!!

Here's a shot of that strange kid that we picked up with Jenny on her back. The girls really loved having Corinne (aka meanie-reenie) on the trip with us. They love her so much, and....well......Ron and I kinda do too. She is welcome on any future trips that we may long as she leaves her cell phone at home and stops texting for 6 seconds.

Dang is she pretty.

The girls meeting up with Yogi bear at the ranger station. They also saw Boo-Boo bear but I didn't get a pic of it. Can you imagine that I DIDN'T get a pic of it!!!!!!!!!! :)

During the trip there were tons of activities going on. They had an arcade attached to the ranger station that had a Deal or No Deal game. I won 75 tickets. GO ME!!! One evening they showed a movie on a huge screen on the grassy open space. We took our chairs and blankets and watched Ice Age: The Meltdown under the stars. It was really cool (Jen stayed awake, Steph fell asleep, Corinne texted the entire time). Another evening we played candy bar bingo and Jennifer won 12 candy bars!!!! It was so cute watching her stand up and yell BINGO!!! Good thing she won too, cause we were running dangerously low on Hershey bars for smores by the fire. That would NOT be good as that is one of the major reasons I even drag my lazy behind on these exhausting trips. Smores = heaven.

Stephanie's favorite thing to do the entire trip was to ride the pedal cars. Jen tried it too, and watching them race downhill was enough to send me into fits of laughter.

Another favorite thing was riding around the entire campground on the golf cart for a few hours. We went and checked out the lake (which was covered in green stuff so we passed on fishing) and checked out all the other campsites. And the people at the campsites. And the HUGE RV's at the campsites. Makes our little pop-up look kinda silly............

I have TONS more to share but I am fighting a sinus infection and I think I need a nap. More details and pics to come in my next post..........


Rachael said...

It looks like a blast!!!! Glad you enjoyed yourselves!!

Is your neice on Ron's side?? I can see the family resemblance!!!

Your pics look fabuloso!!!

Andrea said...

Yep..... Corinne is Ron's older sister's daughter. My only sibling has no children (yet).


psucolleen said...

You really know how to sum-up a trip! I love reading your stories and seeing the accompanying pictures. Next time.... hand that camera over to someone else, woman! Hopefully, it was just a matter of you not posting pictures in (not a matter of you not being in any). :O) Glad you had fun... bummer you were sick! HOpe you're on the mend. And Corinne seems like a cutie... she's such a pretty girl!

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