complete with a couple of wistful memories of happy times as a married man. Too hot this time of year for camping for my usual liking, but the kids and I got some unexpected extra time this weekend, I had to come up with something to do, so off to the Talladega National Forest it was.
Some time over the past few months, the kids' mother quit taking them to 'our' church, so I ALWAYS make sure they get to go there on the Sundays they are with me. That meant getting to the lake post-church, which in turn meant we wound up having the place almost to ourselves. That was nice, despite the less-than-ideal time of year.
The source of the lake, Cheaha Creek, was in better shape than when we visited this time last year, but still was a loooong way from cold and clear...it is July, after all. But we got out and played in it a little anyway.
The kids REALLY wanted to roast marshmallows, so I went against my no-summer-campfire instinct honed over years of camping, and we fired up some charcoal. Ate about half the bag, the fire was a waste, but you know what? Seeing those smiles and hearing the laughs was worth it!