The camper van is turning out to be the best gift we’ve ever given ourselves. For years we were back and forth over buying one. Wondering if we’d get the opportunity to use it as much as we’d want to. But just before Christmas, we pulled the trigger and finally decided to go ahead and purchase. Then, 2020 showed up in all its manic mayhem and this little camper van has been the saving of our sanity. We’ve been able to take off on adventures, keep our social distance and pretend the world is not the big fat fu@king mess it actually is right now. Without these escapes, am pretty sure I would’ve ¬†snapped beyond the point of mental return.

Our most recent trip was over 4th of July weekend, where we actually teamed up with some friends and fellow camper van owners and took off to Hiawassee, Georgia.

Shortly after our arrival, camper is parked, we begin unloading of all the stuff, while Cullen takes Dexter for a stroll.

A little fishing pond right in the middle of the camp ground. The boys and their friends are straight into it. The fishing that is, not the pond.

Logan was more excited about scooping up the gross pond algae.

Keane is in the fishing zone.

And look what he caught, A FISH!!

Evening rolling in and we’re all getting tired.

Bright and early the following morning and we kicked off our 4th of July with a hike up Bell Mountain.

Hard to see them as they blend in with all the graffiti, but there are 4 little boys amongst the rocky cliffs.

Keane at the peak.

Our view of Hiawassee from the top.

Daddy, Cullen & Dexter.

4 little rock climbing friends.

Great seat with a great view for Keane.

A few more steps and a bit more climbing.

They felt like they were on top of the world.

Keane with his bestie, Luke.

The lads.

Cullen.

Back on solid ground we spent the afternoon at the lake. Keane & Daddy off for a kayak and a paddle.

Cullen kept himself busy on a great white shark.

While Logan struggled to get on top of a hammerhead.

Keane.

Luke & Cullen.

Back at the campground for a nice 4th of July BBQ, the boys were straight into the fishing.

Logan keeps Cullen stocked with fresh bait.

Here fishy fishy.

Logan the cast master.

Just before sunset and we are getting ready for some 4th of July fireworks.

Lighting the sparklers.

Glow masks and glow sticks.

For the final day of our weekend escape, we went tubing!! Logan and Keane called the first go.

Cullen and Luke cheering from the boat.

Cullen getting ready for his turn.

“Have fun guys”.

I think they’re enjoying it.

The big boys, Luke and Keane.

Logan, Cullen and Keane.

Luke, Logan and Keane.

Luke and Logan got bounced off the tube.

Here they are swimming back to Keane, the only one to have survived the bounce.

We dropped anchor for a while so the boys could play around in lake.

A high flying Cullen.

Keane and Cullen, always wrestling.

Keane and Daddy have a turn on the tube.

Followed by Cullen and I.

All the 4 friends.

Cuties.

Co-captain, Logan.

It was movie night back at the camp ground.

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