I am happy to report that ALL expectations were exceeded! Camping was a success. We slept (Ollie even did in his new sleeping bag), the weather was gorgeous (highs in the low-70s, some clouds but no rain), the kids ate food, and even swam (and the camera survived!)...everything went great. Phew.
This time we went to Point Lookout State Park, in southern Maryland where the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay meet. The Bay side was super choppy and windy and rough, but the Potomac side was calm and nice. And during the Civil War, it was used as a prisoner of war camp (hello disease!) We spent time on both sides, I ran, we visited the nature center, walked some piers, enjoyed a nice campfire, toured a reconstructed fort, and the boys even got in the water. I really enjoyed this park, especially on the off-season.
P.S. Can't decide when/where next trip will be. Hmmmm....
P.P.S. Any bets on whether or not the government shuts down tonight? I don't know if I need to wake up at 5:22 a.m. or not.