The Croup Comes a Callin’!

We had our last big RV hurrah of the year last weekend, taking Max and Mason to a campground on the Maine coast. I followed Richard, who was driving the RV, in the truck, and I stopped and snapped this photo on the way to the coast:

The view at the campground itself was incredible – beyond what I can describe with words…but I’ll try. Our RV was parked right on the water, only a few feet from the seaweed line that showed the level of the recent high tide.

The sun was starting to wane in the western sky, heading toward an uninhabited island in the distance that was overflowing with Maple Trees, resplendent in their Fall dressing, interspersed with the occasionally evergreen.

The cold, dark blue water was topped by numerous whitecaps, caused by wind that was blowing and howling so strongly that the RV was rocking on its jacks.

Large, wet boulders in the bay, peeking out of the water line in the falling tide, were silhouetted in the sunset, with statuesque seagulls standing on top of them, all looking the same direction – North. The occasional cormarant flew by, looking into the water for his dinner.

In the tidal pools, we stepped gingerly to avoid harming the seaweed and small snails that were clinging desperately to the black boulders lining the bay. The wind started to die down and Mason and Max enjoyed skipping stones into the darkening water while I snapped photos as the sky turned the deepest red, knowing my camera could never replicate the beauty before us. God definitely took great pains when painting the sunset that evening!

We were going to stay three nights. However, on the second night, at 1:00 a.m., Mason woke up with the croup. He was having a hard time breathing and we didn’t have access to a long-running hot shower (were weren’t connected to a sewer line at that particular camping spot). Since we were only a little over an hour from Bangor, we decided to drive home in the middle of the night. The cold night air was good for his swollen air passages and his breathing got easier just from being exposed to the outdoors. However, I was anxious to get him home where I’d have easy access to a hot, steaming bathroom, the cold night air (on the back steps), AND a vaporizer.

We arrived home without incident and Mason was able to calm down and breathe normally enough to sleep soundly by 4:30 a.m. Of course, Richard and I were zombies the next day.

All the kids and Richard caught this one particular bug. It lasts about 2 1/2 weeks and it’s a mean one. I thought I was in the clear but I woke up on Sunday morning with one very swollen and sore tonsil. By Sunday night, I was blowing my nose continuously along with the rest of them, and whining pretty loudly about it, too.

Oh well. Having a cold gives us a good excuse to cuddle in the evenings, and watch Halloween shows on TV together.

This week’s Maxism:

Max brought me a very detailed picture on a piece of construction paper. It appeared to be dozens of faces, all stacked on top of each other. It kinda of looked like a stadium of cartoon people. Needless to say, I was impressed with his ability to draw a crowd! I said, “Oh! That’s very nice, Max!”

He enthusiastically replied, “It’s a pile of skulls!”

Hugs to all!


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