The-Camping-Trip

The Camping Trip

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe. She had so many children , she didn’t know what to do. Well, one day, she just couldn’t stand it anymore. Jamie was fighting with Orville, Wilbur wanted a snack, Oscar and Ophelia were drawing crayon pictures on the walls, and Hortense was crying because Delphinia had stolen her Math Puzzles book. And it was just seven o’clock in the morning.

Enough already!” shouted their mother, “I need some peace and quiet. All of you, play outside for the rest of the day. Better yet, canoe over to Mystery Island and play there. Even better, make it a camping trip! Yes, everybody go camping on Mystery Island. Don’t come back until Christmas.”

At first this seemed rather harsh but then everybody remembered that Christmas was just two days away. This got the children, who had been quiet for just a moment, all excited again. “Out!” yelled the mother. The children immediately began preparations. With three kids to a cancel, they needed a dozen canoes and two paddles for each canoe. Each kid grabbed clean underwear, two extra pairs of socks, exactly four pounds of food and fifteen pounds of equipment .

At eight o’clock in the morning, they piled into the canoes and paddled out to Mystery Island. The trip took just three-quarters of an hour and was uneventful until they had almost reached the island. Jamie was leaning out over the edge of her canoe when she said, “Hey, we’re in cancel number 29.”

“No, you’re not.” laughed Gertrude from another canoe. “You’re reading it upside down!”

“Iarn?” asked Jamie, and tried to twist around to see it right and promptly fell in the lake. “Yeow!” she shrieked, while splashing hurriedly to shore, “this water is FREEZING!”

Jamie quickly got out of her wet clothes and crawled into her sleeping bag from where she could supervise the setting up of the tents. Originally the kids wanted to sleep three to a tent, but they didn’t have enough tents so they crowded in four to a tent. Five of the tents were just enough for the boys, the others were for the girls. Unfortunately,

no one had remembered to bring tent pegs, so the rest of the morning was spent scrounging up pieces of wood until there was enough for twelve pegs for each tent. The kids then ate a hearty lunch of chocolate-chip cookies.

The next order of business was to build a fire, which wasn’t easy because so much the oi the available wood had been used for tent pegs. Things weren’t looking too hot until Rupert brought over a big piece of wood, broke it in half, and fed it to the fire that immediately started burning much better. All the kids cheered except Dominic who yelled, “Rupert, you dodo, that was a canoe paddle!”

The afternoon was spent exploring the island, playing games, fishing, and talking about what everyone hoped to get for Christmas. Jamie stayed in her sleeping bag all afternoon, playing solitaire and waiting for her clothes to dry by the fire. She didn’t win many solitaire games after the wind blew her cards around and the Seven of Hearts landed in the fire.

no one had remembered to bring tent pegs, so the rest of the morning was spent scrounging up pieces of wood until there was enough for twelve pegs for each tent. The kids then ate a hearty lunch of chocolate-chip cookies.

The next order of business was to build a fire, which wasn’t easy because so much of the available wood had been used for tent pegs. Things weren’t looking too hot until Rupert brought over a big piece of wood, broke it in half, and fed it to the fire that immediately started burning much better. All the kids cheered except Dominic who yelled, “Rupert, you dodo, that was a canoe paddle!”

The afternoon was spent exploring the island, playing games, fishing, and talking about what everyone hoped to get for Christmas. Jamie stayed in her sleeping bag all afternoon, playing solitaire and waiting for her clothes to dry by the fire. She didn’t win many solitaire games after the wind blew her cards around and the Seven of Hearts landed in the fire.

Dinner was more cookies, toasted over the fire this time; after that, the children all sat around telling ghost stories. This was great fun until Mabel, with big eyes, said quietly, “Uh, guys, I think I hear something creeping around in the woods!”

Instantly, everyone was quiet and all ears were listening for

noises. After a few minutes, they all heard a distinct “whooo 00-Co.” Immediately, everyone ran for the tents and dove into their sleeping bags and didn’t come out until morning.

The next day, Lysander got a length of rope and tied knots in it every seven feet to make it easier to hold on to. He ended up with nine knots, including one at each end. The children spent the morning making up different teams and waging tug-of-wars with Lysander’s rope until it broke. Later in the day. some of them held a fishing contest. Maxwell won by catching the most fish. Penelope caught hail as many as Maxwell, Guineviere caught a third as many as

Penelope did, and Baxter caught one-quarter as many as Guineviere. Baxter’s fish was so small that he let it go. No one else caught anything. That night, they had a fish feast.

The next morning, all the children were up early and eager to get home. But they were short one canoe paddle and no one was sure what to do about it until Xavier suggested they tie all the canoes together end to end and make a big “super canoe.” The canoes were each eight feet long and when they were all tied together bow to stern they were hard to control. The super canoe was veering left and right, like a huge water snake, as the kids tried to cross the lake. Nevertheless, the kids made it home in one hour, arriving at 8 o’clock in the morning. Their mother, well rested, was delighted to see them back and they all celebrated a great Christmas. (Except their neighbor Fergus, who insisted for many years after that he had seen a sea serpent on the lake that Christmas morning.)

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