The purpose of this road trip, was to travel to Black Lake where my son and his family, his wife's parents and Bill's brother and wife, were camping. We sure had a relaxing afternoon, watching them do what we used to do when Dusty was a kid. Our camping days are over, at least for now. I'd LOVE to do it all over again. There is something about the fresh air, the smell of a campfire, cooking and eating your meals outside, learning about your woodland surroundings, plants, wildlife, fishing, swimming, reading a good book in the hammock and falling asleep. I do miss it all.
This is Hailey. She is spending her first night and days camping with her grandparents, Bill's brother and wife., and of course, her Mom and Dad. She jabbered and drooled throughout our entire visit.
While Dusty's wife Steph helps Ryele hold Hailey, baby girl Hailey pulls her hair and seems to be saying, "Hi, Ryele, I'm your cousin."
In all my years, I had never been in the boat on Black Lake, so Captain Dusty took us for a tool around the lake a few times, with an agenda.
Skipper Josh, assisted in keeping the boat slow and straight while his Captain straightened the rope to give his sister Ry and Mom Steph, a pull around the lake.
Ryele kept signaling ' faster, faster ', while she and her Mom hung on tight. After about 10 rounds, they tired and had to warm up. Ryele likes to make mudpies by the shoreline to warm her hands, she says. What a cutie.
Here we have an artful drawing in the sand of sticks and stones to write my Grandson's name. Hey JOSH....
Ya got a light? Chester, the family pooch, loves to chew. It looks like he's lighting-up with that chew stick ... hey, get out of the smoke-free zone!
I don't know of any young camper, especially the boys, who don't LOVE to build their own fire, with guidance, of course. Josh had the hardest time keeping this one going with the damp wood and the breeze. He reminds me of the many times his Dad did the exact same thing to entertain himself while camping.
This is Bill and his brother Pat. Pat has been trying to talk Bill into getting another camper and spending some retirement together. Bill is still not budging. I think I have to help his brother out on this matter.
Sitting around the campfire after a good outdoor cooked meal is all part of the relaxation. Even Rudy, Dusty's in-laws dog, gets into it. Of course, he has to have his bed along.
One of my favorite times of the day on the lake was watching the sunset over the water. The mosquitoes were horrible, but that's what bug spray with deet is for. A branch of leaves is just as effective when you leave the spray in the truck or home. Most folks retire to their campers then but, the mosquitoes last only until dark and are gone. That's when the campfire brightens and the s'mores are made.
That ended our day at the lake. It was a hot, humid, very breezy day. The water felt great on my aching legs, the food was fantastic with seasoned chicken strips, steamed potatoes and carrots, and salsa burgers, all grilled. There was also blue and yellow corn chips with spicy salsa, grilled steak potato chips, BBQ baby back rib potato chips...(awesome flavored chips) all washed down with ice cold flavored waters or Corona...um...the Corona was refreshing.
Who could ask for more.? Good company, food and fun. Fantastic weather. That's what a good camping picnic day is made of. Bugs and all!
I hope your summer weekend started the same way, with family, friends, and little dogs.