There are seven more summer days until the official first day of school, so yesterday the children and I swooped across Virginia, stopping at my brother's house for swimming, floating, sunflowers, goldfinches, swarms of hummingbirds, local steaks on the grill, devilled eggs, hound dogs, and lemonade. The giant hummingbird feeder by the pool had to be refilled. I've never seen or heard so many at once.
We are going to spend a few days with Grandmarie and then fly back to mountain town to reload for a few days of state park camping. Big bonfires. Bears. I'm planning on some cozy kid camping. I don't want to tuck into the outskirts. Old Mother Hubbard is camping between the playground and the bathrooms.