CW was awake rather early, which is not surprising - and B10 woke up shortly after. I made them stay quietly in our tent to chat until 7 a.m., then let them get dressed to play outside (quietly). They did a great job, and by 8 a.m. everyone was up and ready for the day.
The Caterpillars played back down by the water, while the grownups battled the yellow jackets and prepared breakfast.
The King made a yellow jacket bait area, which was heavily populated within minutes. Strangely, this "bait" also attracted the attention of one loony squirrel.
The Queen prepared delicious sausage, pancakes, and we had plenty of fruit for the Caterpillars to munch on.
It was a beautiful day, which they took full advantage of, up to and including feeding the roaming ducks and geese by our campsite.
B10 also found a praying mantis, which he carried around for quite a while - until it made it's home on CW's head, then on the Queen's head! After that, we convinced him to set it free back into the woods.
By 10:30 we were ready to pack up, and when I was done loading my car we piled all the Caterpillars up and I took them swimming. The King and Queen needed a bit longer to un-pop the pop-up camper.
I'm sure you can tell how much they loved the water! We swam for almost 2 hours, before grabbing ice cream at the store and heading home.
It was a short trip, but it felt good to know that the Caterpillars are really great helpers when it comes to camping, and we'll be able to do this when the Larva comes. (With an air mattress!)
~Lone Butterfly )i(