|Home for two nights: Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park Campground|
|Just us two, before everyone else got up.|
I woke before anyone else on day three a little groggy. All night I could hear the wind in the trees so clearly, which was lovely, but I was constantly thinking I heard raccoons getting into our stuff. Also my sleeping bag was way too warm. I switched with Linnaeus the next night & it was much better. My worries about Bronte getting cold were unfounded--I checked her throughout the night & she was cozy in her fleece sleeper & fleece sleep sack.
All eight of us got up one by one & had a slow paced breakfast. We biked to the marina store to pick up some bread & then headed to a beach nearby for a picnic lunch. The hike down to the beach was short but steep, & once we arrived there were lots of tantrums along with our lunch of sausages, fruit, veggies & wraps.
Bronte & I took a little walk & she pointed out some interesting large bugs in a crack in some driftwood. They looked like a cross between a cockroach & a chiton, about the size of one of her fingers--I've since discovered that they were Beach Cockroaches (ligia occidentalis), not technically an insect but a marine isopod. I love how my kids draw my attention to little things I wouldn't normally have noticed. It was especially noticeable while we were camping because they saw so many new things.
After we biked back for B's nap, I headed for the outhouse & discovered that my period had arrived. Three days early. Groan. I'd banked on it arriving a few days after we got home & not packed my DivaCup or anything. I headed back to the store to buy tampons.
When I returned, I discovered that Linnaeus had truly embraced camping life & was making 'dirt angels' on the ground. He & Lucy also built 'nests' out of rocks & twigs, pretending to be pigeons for quite a while. Once Bronte woke up from her nap, we all walked to Shell Beach.
|Linny the pigeon sitting in his nest.|
|The hike down to the beach.|
Dinner consisted of delicious dahl & rice, accompanied by red wine. Possibly related, I fell asleep as I was getting Bronte down to sleep. I woke up a couple of hours later, well after dark, to join Lisa, Dan, & Oli around the picnic table for a chat. I actually thought I'd miss the campfire more than I did. Just being able to hang out with our friends without any of our four little children being around (or awake, at least) was such a novelty that I didn't really even miss all the joys of a crackling fire. To be honest, I'm not sure how comfortable sitting around the fire would have been without chairs. There was no way I was hauling camping chairs all the way to Galiano!
|Bronte likes to play dress up.|
We tidied up the site before turning in, & hung up our food in Oli's pannier again. The raccoons were waiting, growling at me from behind one of the pit toilets. I tried the pine cone discouragement technique again, but they barely moved. Little buggers are very habituated to humans, clearly.
|Communing with the dirt|
|This might be my favourite picture of Bronte ever|
|I found camping socks at Costco, so I had to buy them!|
|Aunt Flo early? REALLY? :P|
|The girls loved playing with sticks. A little too much, but nobody lost an eye, so it's okay...|
|Camp Cook Dan making delicious dahl & rice on both the backpacking stoves he brought.|
Stay tuned for the next post in the series, all about our ride home from Galiano on day four.
*Full credit goes to Lisa M for coming up with the name for our trip: 4 Kids, 4 Adults, 4 Bikes, 4 Days.
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