Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Is it possible to be addicted to a hobby?

I didn't know anything could be as mind possessing as fishing used to be, but that is how I am beginning to feel about camping! We've got reservations to go to a campground in Keystone Heights starting tomorrow for two nights. John came home the other day with a cold, and it doesn't seem to be getting much better. We discussed this morning whether or not we should really go, given his illness, and at first we had decided to cancel our trip. After only maybe 30 seconds, John said.."the kids really want to go." I couldn't help but interject.. I REALLY WANT TO GO! I'm not sure if he's aware how obsessed I am with camping these days, especially now that the weather is perfect for the activity! John will be working on Friday, so we decided, since he's not feeling well, it would be best if he came home tomorrow night, after the kids have gone to sleep and I've showered, and he can sleep in the comfort of our own bed, out of the night air, and get up and leave early for work Friday morning. This also ensures that we don't wake up fellow campers by the starting of his diesel truck at 5:30 in the morning, not to mention waking up our children that early in the morning and leaving me to entertain them for a full day! I think this solution will satisfy all of our needs and wants! He'll also be able to go home after work, shower, and then join us Friday evening at the campsite.

The last few days, I've been busy making camping reservations. We have some in place for the weekend before Martin Luther King day, down in O'leno. That looks like a very nice park, and it's not too far away. Over Valentine's day weekend, my mother in law has graciously agreed to keep the kids for the weekend, and John and I are taking the canoe and camper to Little Talbot Island for some fun camping and fishing! Wow.. both favorite hobbies in the same weekend! Could be heaven on earth! We'll take the dog with us, since Grandma is NOT a fan of big dogs! She'll admit our dog is a nice dog, but she doesn't really want to take care of her! That's okay, Callie (the dog) loves camping too!

Now, lately, I've been printing out home pages of several campgrounds in Georgia that I would dearly love to visit. The problem is, I have narrowed it down to three campgrounds, but can't decide which one of these three. The cost is the same per night at each camp. The closest, Stephen Foster, is a 2-1/2 hour drive, the middle one, Magnolia Springs, a 4-1/2 hour drive, and my FAVORITE is 6 hours away! These campgrounds are our pick for spring break, so it's not like we'd be on a short schedule. Our plan is to drive there on Saturday, and return home on Wednesday, allowing us time to be home to attend church services for Maunday Thursday and Good Friday, not to mention Easter. Not even for camping could we EVER skip church on Easter Sunday!

My favorite, Mistletoe State Park, is way up in Georgia on a 72,000 acre lake. The campground is on a peninsula, so they boast 'beautiful sunrise and sunset every day!" Wow! How can I resist that? They have boat rentals available, so if John doesn't want to mess with the canoe that trip, we could rent one while there. Unfortunately, John's not being much help.. he simply said, "pick the one you want to go to." Doesn't he realize I'm so wishy washy, and making big decisions is difficult for me? Has he learned NOTHING in 7 years of marriage, other than "if Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy"?

These attached pictures are from the online site for Mistletoe. I don't know if I can "walk away" from this chance again. We'd considered this location for Thanksgiving, but being it is such a long drive, and it was the dog's first long trip, as well as ours and the kids with the camper, we kept our distance within 4 hours. Not to mention, Lynn and Dave were hauling their big camper down, and we were trying to keep their traveling to a minimum. I could say with 80% certainty that I'm going to book our time at Mistletoe, but then again, I'm a woman, and might change my mind... again!


Kim Lahaie Day said...

Hi Suzanne!

I hope you guys have a great time camping and that John feels good enough to enjoy himself!



Kim Lahaie Day said...

Oh, and, by the way, YES!, you can be addicted to a hobby! Yours seems much more expensive than any of mine, however!



Suzanne Chappell said...

Hi Kim!
I don't know that camping is really expensive. In fact, we usually find campsites anywhere from $15/night to $24/night. The expensive part was acquiring the camper, although that was a trade in from the boat, don't ya know (WI humor, just for you!), so we already HAD that expense!

I hope John is feeling better too! I'd hate for him to be miserable while camping!