Camping encompasses many activities. It means different things to different people - from the comforts of a motorhome to the bare necessities of backpacking. But here is a sample of what campin' was for me last weekend.
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|Lounging on the rocks|
Campin' is...... Lounging on some big rocks in the sun catching up on your reading.
|Annual bocce tournament|
Campin' is........ playing games with your friends and family. We resurrected our annual bocce ball tournament - and the competition was fierce!
|The ice cream man!!|
|It's not camping without s'mores|
|JJ shows off his masterpiece|
|Roasting marshmallows is half the fun|
|The guys are cooking brats|
|Roger's brat is done|
|The cooking crowd grows|
|Dale dropped his brat in the fire!|
My poor brother dropped his brat in the fire - and it was almost done! No matter, he washed it off and ate it anyway. When you've worked that long and hard to cook something you're not going to throw it away!
|Roger and Bear take a boat ride|
Campin' is............ a boat ride on the lake. Roger, Bear and I took our boat for a spin around Lake Billy Chinook.
The rock formations on the waterfall's wall are very interesting. Lots of geologic history right there in the open.
|Water level cliff views|
|Cap'n Roger at the helm!|
For Roger, campin' is........... Fishing! He loves fishing Lake Billy Chinook. He was a lucky fisherman this weekend, catching a few nice sized brown trout and later lots of bass.
|Max and JJ get ready for the parade|
Campin' is .......... the evening campfire program. We always get the campsite next to the amphitheatre, so we have the first scoop on the action.
|Getting ready to march|
Sunday night's campfire program was different from any I've ever seen. The camp hosts and rangers decided to hold a Memorial Day parade. They provided the kids decorations for their bikes, scooters, or their bodies. I wasn't sure if they'd get many participants, but a half hour before the designated start time, a large crowd of kids (and some parents, including a group of dads, beers in hand) had already gathered at the amphitheatre.
|The start of the parade|
Everyone decked themselves out in merry colors. Flags waved. Kids blew bubbles, hula-hooped, skipped and rode bikes. The campground mascot, someone in a beaver suit, showed up (I happened to be wearing my OSU sweatshirt and couldn't resist yelling "go Beavs!") The campground hosts all decorated their green utility vehicles. It was a grand sight.
|Marching through the campground|
And it was the best campground parade I've ever seen. The kids all had a blast. It was good entertainment for us grownups too. We kept busy clapping and cheering the kids as they passed by.
So that's my Memorial Day weekend in photos and short stories. I do many types of camping, from visiting deluxe car campgrounds (as this one was) to primitive backpacking trips. But I have to say the best part about every trip is the time spent with friends and family.
So most of all - Campin' is ............. spending quality time in the outdoors with the people that mean the most to you.