I let my husband plan our Summer family vacation this year. He had been aching to go camping for a few years, so he reserved us a spot at a camp ground in Yosemite National Park. It's not easy to get camp sites there, and he reserved them five months ahead of time to make sure. I'm not sure why I agreed to go. As it got closer to our departure date, I realized that camping with a baby and also while pregnant may not exactly be ideal.
Regardless, I sucked it up because I knew my three boys, and my husband, would love every second of being out there in the wilderness for a few days. I made my list, checked it twice - quite literally - and we went on our way! I opted to do the major grocery shopping in Fresno, only about an hour from the park, so that our food didn't have to sit in the car for the full ten hours of our trip.
Once we had everything we needed, we used our awesome Tetris skills to get it all into the back of the van. It was a little cramped, but we managed it. Everything made it into the vehicle, and there was still plenty of leg room for everyone. You can check out the rest of our shopping trip in my Google+ story, too.
I waited until our last night to break out the watermelon. For the first two nights I made some labor-intensive dinners. Spaghetti with meat sauce on night one, and a big pot of chili with baked potatoes and corn muffins on night two. Cleaning up dishes at a camp site is not the easiest thing in the world, so even though those two dinners were great I wanted to finish with something much easier. We grilled some hot dogs over our camp fire and served them with chips and cut-up watermelon. The only thing I had to wash was the cutting board and knife.
After dinner we had a ton of watermelon left over. Four gallon-size plastic bags full of it to be exact. I knew we could probably finish it off ourselves, but I wanted to be nice and I gave a bag to our campground neighbors - two dads and six boys. I knew they'd enjoy it, and boys are always hungry! It's a good thing I did that, because we needed an act of kindness the next morning.
We enjoyed more watermelon on a pit stop at a playground in San Francisco on our way home, and even while in the car. Even though it was a little drippy, it was a nice refreshing treat with all of the heat on our drive home through central California. It even kept the road-trip-hating baby quiet when he started getting restless in the car, and it was totally worth having to wash him and the car seat when we got home!