Camping connects you to the great outdoors. It also connects you to everyone sharing the campground. Last night, after a day of trail hiking and river wading, hot dogs and s'mores, I lay still and hot in my quiet tent. The boys and Ian were sound asleep while I remained awake, listening to fellow campers talking by their fire pits while two little girls were catching fireflies with their father. The air was still, and fragments of every conversation seemed to hang in the humidity.
My boys had an amazing time yesterday and even early this morning, when they were up at the crack of dawn, ready to pee on some trees and hike some more trails. To see Sean leaping from stone to stone in the river, and to watch Nolan fearlessly run down unknown paths in the woods--those were the greatest gifts of the weekend.