So a few months ago, I sent out an evite, rounded up the troups and planned our adventure. We headed out Friday around 1:00 to embark on our 1.5 hour drive to our destination. We were so excited when we got to our campsite. It was literally right on the river!
|Our Campsite right on the river!|
After we had everything set up, we were all pretty sweaty, so we changed into our suits and jumped into the river. The water was crystal clear and felt so refreshing. We hung out in the water for a couple of hours until other people started to show up. We had an awesome group for the weekend, about 18 people and everyone got along fantastically. Once everyone started arriving, we started to help some of them put up their tents and get settled.
For dinner we had steak kabobs. Oh how I wish I had taken pictures of our food this weekend. It was amazing. Thursday night before we left, I marinated steaks in one bag and veggies (onions, peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms) in another bag. Friday night, I assembled everything onto the skewers and we cooked them on the grill. It was amazing!!
It was a little hot for a fire, but we made one anyway. What is camping without a fire? Ofcourse, no one sat around it. But we had a fire damnit. We didn't stay up too late since we knew we would be up at the butt crack of dawn when the sun started beating down on our tent.
I think it was about 7:00am when we finally got out of bed. I forgot my glasses and needed to wash my hands before I could put my contacts in so I woke up Joe and begged him to drive us down to the bathrooms since I couldn't see well enough to drive. Not a good idea to drive when all you see is really fuzzy shapes infront of you. One of these days I am totally getting lasik. Figures the one thing I forgot is the one thing I couldn't buy while we were there.
For breakfast, I fried up some bacon and then made some scrambled eggs in the grease. Yum! Gotta stock up on that protein and healthy fats for a long day on the river! Then we headed out about 10am.
|My sister and me ready to head out!|
|My girl Amber and me.|
|My sister Amy and her hubby Jeremy.|
|John and Jessica and their dogs, Sadie and Kenya.|
|Erin with her boombox, I can't believe it survived the entire float.|
|Me and my sisters!|
|A shot of the crazy amount of people on the river.|
|Joe, one of the stragglers we picked up along the way.|
|Chad, our super athlete, and Erin|
|My favorite sisters.|
|This was a tricky bend in the river where rafts would pile up.|
|Our Baywatch photo shoot.|
|Amber and me.|
At the end of the float, right before we got off the river, there was a big cliff that people were climbing up and jumping off of. We watched a few guys in our group jump off and I wanted to sooo bad! There was a time when I would have done it in a heart beat. For some reason, ever since I had a child, I am so much more careful about that kind of stuff. Being a parent is the most wonderful thing in the world, but I definitely miss being reckless sometimes.
We dragged all of our stuff out of the river and onto shore to load onto the bus to head back to camp. Our raft was absolutely disgusting. There was piles of trash and who-knows-what all over the floor. We had to clean it all up and put everything in trash cans. After we climbed onto the bus, I sat down and left some room for Joe. Right before he got to our seat, a woman sat right down next to me. I tried to tell her that my husband was just getting ready to sit there, but she was actually deaf, so she couldn't hear me. So whatda gonna do? Joe found another spot and it was no big deal. What did suck though, was that she smelled absolutely AWFUL and she was facing the isle, while I was crammed up against the window. She kept leaning back into me and rubbing her back on me. She was pretty drunk and I couldn't help wondering who was in charge of this poor woman. Not cool.
We arrived back at our site and Joe and I headed immediately for the showers. Being on the river all day and drinking somehow left me with a headache. After the shower, I took some aspirin and laid down for about an hour. Then I was good to go again.
For dinner I had made chicken hobos. In foil, I wrapped up some marinated red potatoes, onions, carrots, I laid a chicken breast over that, then topped that with pats of butter, seasonings and crumbled bacon (which I had already cooked). It was so easy and always makes the perfect camping meal. I pre-assembled them the Thursday night before we left, so all we had to do was take them out, throw them on the grill and eat them up. They were delicious! Joe and I couldn't finish them, so we gave our leftovers to Chad, my sister's boyfriend. He was so funny, he kept thanking me and telling me how awesome I was. He was pretty drunk.
After dinner, we stayed up and hung out for a while. I tried to hang as long as I could, but after getting up so early, and such a LONG day on the river, I was exhausted. We ended up going to bed around 11:30pm. About 5:00am I woke up to the sound of people yelling at their children. I couldn't believe it! They were literally cussing their children out, telling them to shut the f%#$ up. Classy. Didn't they know it was friggin 5 am! I felt worse for the kids though then I did myself. They didn't stop either and eventually we gave up and got out of bed around 6am. We were eager to get packed up and get back home anyway. I whipped up some coffee, made some more bacon and eggs, then we got to packin. We always bring alot of shit. It's awesome to have it all, but when it comes time to pack up and leave, we usually start first and finish last. Which is fine, I like to take a walk around the site after everyone leaves and make sure that all the trash is picked up and everything is back to how we found it. I can't help it, I feel bad leaving behind a bunch of our trash out in the wilderness.
So we headed out and headed home. One thing is for sure, I missed the munchkin soooo bad! This was the first time she had ever stayed the night away from both of us. She stayed with my mom and apparently she had a blast and barely noticed we were gone. My mom kept sending my pictures to my phone all weekend and updates, which helped, but I couldn't wait to get back home to see her! It was an awesome weekend and it was alot of fun to get away for the weekend, but it was so good to get back home!
I bought a kodak mini video camera for the trip. I wanted something besides my nice camera, to take on adventures like these and to take video of the munchkin here and there. It worked out good for the float since it was waterproof, but the pictures were pretty crappy (as you can see) and I ended up returning it. Anyone know of a really cheap video/camera that still takes decent pics?!