Monday, August 27, 2012

Family Camping Trip

So every year we head out into the woods and go camping as a family.  This year proved to be a bit more difficult.  Since moving to Boston, it's been hard to coordinate schedules... add in my sister taking summer classes and our trip to Argentina and it left us with only 1 available weekend to make this happen. 

Many couldn't come and it ended up being my baby brother and sister, Paul & myself, and 2 of my cousins.  We still had fun and made the best of it.... but we had many hiccups along the way.

Getting out of Boston by 3 still didn't help us avoid that Friday traffic.  We didn't get to my Mom's until 6:30.  My cousins arrived closer to 7, leaving late themselves.  We now weren't expecting to arrive till 9:15.  Driving to the site, my cousin missed the exit, putting us back another 30 mintues.  We arrived at 9:45. 

Pitching the tent in the dark wasn't easy.  It never is... but when you don't know if you are setting up on poision ivy or a big rock, it makes it all the more difficult.  Even with a tarp for extra protection, my cousin's tent got a hole in it from an annoying little branch sticking up out of the ground.  How frustrating.  We stayed up till 1AM chatting by the fire eating pretzles and snacks. 

Little K & I woke up pretty early and took a mini exploration hike down to the brook.  We sat and chatted and climbed rocks.  My brother was super pumped to be on a site all alone in the woods with no other campers for at least a mile.  I have to admit, I get pretty excited when Little K & A get just as excited as I am about this kind of thing.  We ate breakfast burritos after everyone else woke up and quickly got stared making sandwiches to bring on our rafting trip.

Shortly after the conversation turned into this:
Paolo: Hey, Lilia, what kind of animals do you have out here?
Lilia: Black bears, white tail deer, raccoons, possums, skunks.... a lot!
Paolo:  Bears ... nooo?  I want to see a bear!
2 minutes later....
Jomel: Is that a bear?

Yeah - it was a bear.  A big black bear.  Paul said to go to the car... I screamed to get to the car.  We ran to the cars.  Paul had to run back into the tent to get the keys... I was super scared that the bear may charge while he was helpless and back turned inside the tent.  Thankfully the bear just seemed curious and just as shocked to see us as we were to see him.  Paolo got a quick picture in as the bear was walking away.  What scared me the most was the yelling, honking, car alarm, and all other noise didn't seem to scare or startle this big guy one bit.  At the same time... I left those sandwich fixings on the table... hey, my life comes before my lunch... and he didnt go for it at all. 

In the end we were fine, the bear went on his way, and we enjoyed a gruling 5 hour rafting trip and low river depths.  Oh did we get stuck a lot.  But we swam a lot too.  We spotted an eagle, a craine, many eel and fish.  We threw each other off the raft, we goofed off and we exhausted ourselves.  I'd share pictures with you... but I managed to drop my camera in the water in the 1st 5 minutes of the trip.  It's sucky, but it is what it is.  And if it's between being bear meat or losing my camera- I'd pick the camera every time.

K & I went to bed at 8:30 that night after a chicken and veggie dinner while the others stayed up on bear patrol playing Uno ... until 10:30.  We all got a good nights sleep... sorta.  I for 1 was waking at every little crack outside.  Not that I could do too much to protect my family from bear attack, but I damn well was gonna try!

Sunday morning we had some cereal and K & A took their 1st "river bath".  K thought this was great!  Boy is he our little outdoor lover!  We had lunch... one last game of super competative Uno and hit the road. 

Unfrotunately before we could get all the way home, Jomel's car decided to start making some weird noises.  He ended up staying at my Mom's for the night.  Better safe than sorry.  We continued on to Boston.  Unpacking the car and the coolers - but boy do we have a cleanup ahead of us. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Are hilarious!  They are so innocent and funny.... and I wanted to make sure I jotted these down before I forgot them!

"Tobacco Free Zone"

My brother (8 years old) excitedly told me all about his summer baseball camp.  How he worked on his fielding and is much better now.  Batting is still his favorite.  But then he exclaimed "Can you believe it?  They had a sign at the field that said 'Tobacco Free Zone'.  Hello, there are kids everywhere.  It's at a field for kids!"  He was seriously appalled they would go handing out tobacco... for free no less!  I started laughing.  I explained to him that the sign meant this zone is to be FREE OF TOBACCO.  He laughed at himself.  He felt a bit silly but ... I thought it wasn't a bad assessment.  I mean, who thought of the language behind that sign.  As an 8 year old, I'm sure I thought that they were handing out free dip.  It was a baseball field after all.

"Elbow Grease"

Driving from NYC to Boston takes about 3 hours.  Driving from NYC to Boston with my brother and sister in the back seat feels like 5 hours.  But then you talk and you hear things that are gems!  I was telling Paul that I don't like the Armorall the car wash place used on the seats.  It was shiny and oily and felt a bit slimy.  My little brother asked, "Why do you get car washes?  Why don't you just do it yourself?  Or why not let the rain just clean your car!? "  My response was simple, "The car was really dirty.  It was even dirty on the inside.  They really needed a lot of elbow grease to clean this thing!"  He immediately shrieked and said, "EWWWWW, that's what this stuff is?  Elbow Grease?". 

Yes folks, my brother thought that they took the sweaty grease right from their elbows and polished up our seats.  Haha I love a child's innocence.

"That's Not My Name"

Today while chatting over IM with my little sister we were discussing our upcoming camping trip.  Read below:

 Sister:  kk thank you(:
 me:  no prob bob
 Sister:  my name isent bob....
 me:  isent is also not a word so I guess we are even steven
 Sister:  -__-

I may refer to my sister as Bob or Steven until the end of our camping trip =)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Your Eyes My Nose

I started a new blog to kind of take me through this next chapter of life....

Starting a Family and laying down real roots in MA.

Check it out at

It's a work in progress but I'll get there with it