Tom gets the Olympic Medal for packing camping gear. Trust me. One car, five people, 1 puppy. 2-room tent with 5 cots, 5 sleeping bags, 5 packed bags for clothes, 1 for toiletries. 5 large beach towels. Ground cover for tent. Hard sided dog crate, dog foot tin and treats, dog bed and blankets. Kitchen. And I mean total kitchen. Large covered popup, three or four tables, 2-burner gas stove on legs with large propane bottle, small Weber bar-b-que, 2 coolers and 2 hard sided containers of food. Pots and pans, box of plastic ware, 2 large rolls of paper towels, 1 large water container, large bottled water and small bottled water. 5 adult camp chairs and 1 child camp chair. 2 boxes of wood and 2 bundles of wood. 2 lanterns, portable radio, liqueur and cigars for good measure. Toys and i-Pad, phones and all the chargers. And I'm sure I'm leaving things out.
Every inch of the back of the car was used, plus a few things on the roof. I took this photo after Tom had taken some of the things out:
They have a large two room tent with a hard front door - you don't have to zip it open and shut. I've never seen a tent like that. Trish said when they did the family Indian Guides weekend and they all went, after their tent was set up, one of the people said, What's that, the Taj Mahal?? They arrived late in the afternoon and it was a new tent, so the other men helped Tom set it up. This is the second time they've used it, he has Indian Princesses with Kennedy, 11, and Indian Guides with Gavin, 9, and Graydin, 4 is now going, too. When he camps with the kids, he has a smaller, easy tent that he brings. The two-roomer is the family tent. Unfortunately, when they arrived he couldn't find the directions and it was quite a sight to watch him and Trish figure it out and get the tent up. Amazing!
Here's Tom laying out the tent on the ground cover while Gavin sweeps off any dirt.
The tent's up! This is the kids room side of the tent:
It took two hours to set up and two hours to break camp on Sunday. But I have to tell you, even though they were visiting ME, I was royally feasted while they were here. The only two things Tom forgot to bring were the tent directions and a can opener. I was able to provide the can opener, but he had more things with him than I have in The Palms. And he and Trish amazingly figured out all the poles and which went where to get the tent up.
Luckily I had a pretty big campsite and I was at the far end of it because of the soft sand. This allowed us tons of room for the kids to set up their camp. Here are some of the photos I took during the day while they were visiting:
Three kids in a little Mickey Mouse chair:
So what's inside the bush? Kennedy went all the way in and Graydin was right behind her. Gavin was thinking that wasn't such a good idea.
Breakfast on Saturday. Juice, fresh fruit, French toast and sausages:
Sunday morning we had pancakes, bacon, strawberries and juice.
Gavin snuggling with Jagger:
Graydin playing with his trains in the kitchen:
I took the boys over to visit Hazel, who was camping across the road. They got to meet Fleur and Power and thought the Greyhounds were pretty cool.
Later Hazel stopped by our campsite while she was walking the dogs. I wanted her to meet Tom and Trish and Kennedy. They all enjoyed watching her drive away in the car with the dogs walking beside it on their leashes.
Jagger is the friendliest puppy - he goes up to any dog, big or small, and just makes friends. Power was pretty curious about this little furball.
Jagger sleeping - he was pooped after all the walks and running around. Just like the boys, he put his head on a pillow and he was out like a light!
There's a little hidden area that's like a tree covered room with a bunch of really low tree limbs. Perfect for climbing on. The kids wanted to play longer, but a neighbor told Trish and me that further up the road from this area there's a grave site and we wanted to find it. We didn't see it, though. I think we must have taken the wrong path. I thought this was a pretty cool picture of the kids.
Saturday afternoon was HOT and really windy. We had to take the topper off the pop-up so it wouldn't blow away, and then the tent started lifting on one side. Part of the tent was pegged into solid ground, but part of it was in pretty soft sand, and that's the side that was lifting. Tom put ratcheting tie downs on two sides and attached them to strong branches on bushes and that held it firmly.
We were all pretty tired of the hot wind and decided to go into Imperial and see a movie, so we watched Mr. Peabody and Sherman and ate popcorn and drank cold, icy drinks. That was a good diversion for a few hours and when we got back to camp it had cooled down a bit and the wind had lessened.
The three grandkiddles were so, so well behaved, and even the puppy was really good. I had filled the water tank the day before and cautioned them to be very conservative with water, and when they left, after six people using the water in the kitchen (not much goin' on in MY kitchen, though) and the bathroom, we had only used 2/3 of the tank of 25 gallons. I was amazed.
Speaking of which... A boy and his dog, what can I say? I guess that I hope he never runs for office? :)
This weekend camping with the kids will provide me with many wonderful pictures and memories for years to come. Thursday I'll post some photos of the nightlife in camp while the kids were here. :)
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From me and Katie, have a great Tuesday, everyone! :)