Before I get to any NYC posts, I'm clearing out the backlog that built up while I was in the hospital and recovering. Please follow me on Tumblr, though, as I've been keeping up a pretty heavy photo stream. With this post, we're going back to the cabin for this one, but also back to an old way to enjoy going to the movies.
When we got back from our hike, I ran to town for some supplies I forgot, and we had a quick hot dog lunch. It'd been a minute since I'd used a charcoal grill, so they were a bit crispy. Luckily, the girls either all liked them that way, or they were too polite to say otherwise.
After lunch, the girls started building a fire. I may just be easily impressed, but I think it's awesome that they all were proficient at making a campfire. I certainly couldn't at that age, but then again, I was never super outdoorsy. Allergies and asthma can do that to a kid. Also, it's just a summer ritual here in Wisconsin to sit around a fire on summer nights.
The main purpose of the fire was to make banana boats for dessert. Once the fire was going, Greta and Natalie set about making them. A quick Google search will bring up a ton of different techniques for this campfire treat. My go-to is usually Alton Brown, but it looks as though he hasn't tackled this one yet.
In addition to the banana boats, we had a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake, courtesy of Trevor. His cheesecakes are so delicious, and this one was covered in chocolate and Reese's cups and Reese's Pieces. It was perfect.
After all of that, I was in a bit of a food coma and took a nap. I was just unable to resist the futon and the open window. I didn't specifically say it was quiet time, but Maya told the girls they should be quiet. They went upstairs and did whatever girls do, and I didn't have to yell "Shut up" once.
The main event for the evening was heading to the Starlite 14 Drive In. None of us had ever seen a drive in movie before, so we were all impatient for sunset. There was a double feature of Breaking Dawn followed by The Hunger Games. We'd have all rather watched the latter, but didn't want to be out that late, so we opted to just see Breaking Dawn.
We played a few rounds of Scattergories to kill the time, then wandered over to the main house, where we got a tour of the converted barn that the owner's artist mother lives in. Finally, our impatience got the best of us and we headed to town.
We ended up getting there well before sunset, but we were able to find a good parking spot and a good spot on the lawn to watch the movie.
The car speakers didn't work, but the theater adapted by transmitting the sound over the radio. They also had radios for those who were sitting on the lawn. Richland Center has a population of only about 5000, so the Drive In was a pretty popular attraction on a Saturday night.
And I mean, yes. The movie is terrible. But it's a funny kind of terrible that I love. I was still entertained, mostly by Robert Pattinson's facial expressions. He is so very pretty, but really, he should have been a model.
We were cold and sleepy by the end of the movie, so stumbled to the car and immediately snuggled in our beds when we got back to the cabin. More good sleep with the sound of the woods.
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