Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Uncamping Trip

School was starting and we hadn’t taken the kids camping all summer long, so what do we do?  We take the kids camping the weekend before school starts of course, because it’s not like we need to prepare for school or anything.  Okay, so it was probably all my idea and the we referenced earlier should be I and Ronnie was just along for the ride. 

On Friday we went to Valley of Fire and set up camp around 3:00pm.  It was hot but luckily our camper has an air conditioner and the next day was supposed to be cooler.  We had to come back to Las Vegas for Kyle’s Court of Honor for Boy Scouts at 6:30pm on Friday, which I found out about after planning this trip.  We also had the kids meet and greet at school at 7:00pm that same night.  So we leave Valley of Fire and and get to Kyle’s Court of Honor.  Kyle’s Scout Master had Kyle’s scout shirt that Kyle lost at a campout and was supposed to bring it to the Court of Honor.  Well, he forgot it.  Kyle advanced 2 ranks and all I got where pictures of him in a black shirt and my eyes were closed.  Not going to be scrapbooking those. 

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Then we left early to make it to the meet and greet at school.  The kids have really great teachers this year and are very excited about school.  We just said hi to the teachers, grabbed their letters telling about themselves, and left. On the way back to camp I was reading the letters from the kids teachers and when I got to the part that is underlined Lana busted up laughing.


She said, “I can’t believe that he said that!  Why would Kyle’s teacher say that!” She went on and on and we were just laughing so hard, her reaction was just priceless.  Of course we didn’t tell her the difference between tutor and tooter, because we’re good parents like that.  So, to this day she still thinks one of Kyle’s teachers is a “tooter”. 

Finally we make it back to camp around 9:30pm and realized we left the camper keys in Vegas.  Luckily our camper is not very secure and we managed to get in.  The night sky was beautiful that night.  There was no moon to be seen and the stars were so bright.  We sat outside for about an hour looking at the sky until our necks started to hurt then went to bed.  That’s when the fun started, wind, and lots of it.  The kids fall asleep no problem, but Ronnie and I couldn’t fall asleep until 3:00am we kept thinking our camper was going to blow over or something.  Then of course we wake up at 7:00am and the kids are ready for a hike.  So off we go!

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Then it gets hot and the wind picks up again so we head back to the camper around noon.  We eat some lunch, take showers, then decided to go to St. George.  We are really campers huh?  On the way to St. George we call my Dad who is working there that week and see if he wants to meet up after work.  We make plans to have dinner together.  When we make it to St. George we have about 45 minutes before my Dad is off of work so we go visit the Brigham Young House.  We take the tour and then meet for dinner at Outback.  Doesn’t everyone go out for steaks when they are camping?  Then my Dad heads back to Las Vegas and we go shopping.  I love Tai Pan and wanted to pick up some Halloween decorations.  Then we hit Seagull to stock up on reading material.  Then head back to the camper and sleep.  Then Sunday morning we eat breakfast and pack up.  We made it home at 11:00am and shower and go to church.  We didn’t really do much camping, but we had fun none the less. 

Now I’ve spent the first part of the week getting caught up on all the school preparations that should have been done before school started.  Oh well, there is always next year to be totally ready for school to start. 


Smart Helm said...

That is my kind of camping! Except the part of sleeping in a trailer. I'd go back 2 Vegas and sleep in my bed.

Ya.. never been much of a camper.

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

That is my kind of camping also. A for effort and the great idea.