So I let everyone pick 5 Holland Highlights instead- here they are.
(The family, long weekend trip, to Holland, at a campsite called "Camping de Roos". Beautiful place. If you happen to be in Holland, I highly recommend it!)
For Arleigh, Holland camping highlights include rolling in grassy fields,
playing with dad
(FYI turkey kielbasa isn't the best bait for fishing in Holland)
Emory's Holland highlights include
playing soccer (with anyone willing)
(** note special talent of photographer here- photo shot from hip biking at about 10 miles per hour whilst biking a second human being in front seat)
learning to be 'camp cook'
And building sandcastles. Great summer fun.
Stella's highlights included but are not limited to-
"jumping", usually off of docks into river water. This was by far the most common and happiest activity for her.
fishing - An eternal optimist, she'd have sat on the dock til dawn without so much as a nibble.
Blowing bubbles- a longstanding favorite for this gal no matter where she is
biking (always in proper attire- swimsuit and flip flops)
Addie's highlights are primarily linked to her friend who was there.
Emily was Addie's first friend in Belgium and part of a family we hope to know forever. Emily, Addie, and Stella spent a large amount of time in swimming suits, riding bikes, and padding a raft in the river.
When we tore her away from Emily, she was content with bubbles,
playing 'kid' at the playground
Rolling in grass...
For me- well, I really can't pick just 5. I can't.
People watching was fascinating. Travelers came to camp via any and every means you might imagine. 'Trekkers' showed up on foot and by bike with tents packed on front wheels and in backpacks. Canoeists, camper vans, tents packed in cars, and even via donkey hee- hawed his way through camp one evening.
Not a highlight, but factually interesting...Each thatched roof was passed seemed a work of art. Our English friends who were camping too, said that it used to be a very cheap form of roof, lasting only 10 years, but cheap and easy to replace. They said now in the UK it has become quite expensive as the thatchers are a lost breed. Their work is a dying art it seems. So sad.
Watching the Dutch kids in a pitch near us, do the Macarena, was quite entertaining.
another sweet highlight- the penny candy shop on the campground. Loved watching the kids work over and over their decisions on how to spend change for a little treat.
To pick just one or two? Impossible.I have a new favorite word to share though. Just one word. On a bike ride we came across a sign, warning of speed bumps. "Drempels!" ... love it.
In the meantime, in poor etiquette, I'll be showing off the gazillions of annoying holiday photos from this trip, now tomorrow's memory.