The third annual “Freeze Your Nads Off” camping trip has come and gone – three weeks ago already. The day we packed up and headed out was also Taylor’s 18th birthday. A long time ago, I started a tradition of decorating the kitchen for each of the girls when it was their birthday. It seems I always do it the same way – simply because how differently can you decorate a room with streamers and balloons? I decided to try something a little different this year.
Our first camping trip included Mark, Candi and the girls. They had a trailer house which helped with the food preparation and provided a warm place to go – should you need a warm up. Last year, they were unable to go with us and we missed them. This year, our group grew by one family when Chance, Tracy and the little girls decided it sounded like fun. They had been camping with Jamie, Curt and Jenna during some of the hottest days of the summer and the cooler weather sounded like a better deal. And, as you’ll notice, we ALL had tents this year. This meant a little more creativity for the food and the cooking process! The best meal we had was on Saturday night – roast with potatoes, carrots and onions and rolls – cooked in cast iron dutch ovens with charcoal. This isn’t new to Mark but it was a learning experience for me! I purposely did not include those pictures because I will do a separate posting about that experience.
Once we made it to the park, we found the rest of the campers and got our tents set up. The above picture does not include the fourth tent – although it was there, it just didn’t make the picture. I won’t bore you with much of the details. I have a large number of pictures that will give you an idea of the great time we had! The only mishap for the weekend was Chance losing his appendix. He complained of not feeling well earlier on Saturday afternoon. We figured it was just his way of getting out of eating roast (he doesn’t like roast…can you believe that?). However, as the afternoon turned to evening, the pain got worse and it wasn’t until Tracy handed the baby to me saying, “Chance wants me to take him to the emergency room”, did I realize just how serious it was.
Be prepared…lots and lots of pictures follow!
Saturday morning took us to Wal-Mart for a few necessary supplies – one being more “headlights” for better nighttime vision.
Delaney was trying her best to wake Jenna up!
Delaney thought Abe should have a few of her crackers. Abe wasn’t going to argue!
Jim having fun playing with the little girls.
This was taken as we were driving across the dam. Our campsite was down in those trees. We all had a grand time and are looking forward to our 4th annual “FYNO” camping trip. Next fall, however, we’ll have another addition to the crew – baby Hermesch. Maybe next year, we’ll have to get t-shirts made to commemorate the event…WAIT…better yet – sweatshirts!