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Camping trip #2

 

Thursday a friend of Elvis called and suggested we go camping for the weekend.  After a quick trip the grocery store (more like 4 quick trips to the grocery store) and 2 cars full of stuff later, we were on our way back to Tuckahoe (where Elvis and I went camping the weekend of my birthday).

 

Luckily the rain held off long enough on Friday for us to get the tents set up and a fire started, but we were mostly drenched by the time the food was actually cooked.  The good part about the rain was that it kept the bugs away!  After we ate some carne asada and tamales, we played cards in my tent for awhile before turning in for an early bed time.  

Saturday we were up and at ’em pretty early.  Luckily there was no more rain the rest of the weekend.  We walked from the tents to the lake (which didn’t seem nearly as far this time as it did the last time), rented canoes, fished and ate.  I won the fisher(wo)man of the weekend award as I caught over 20 fish!  Almost every time I casted, there was a bite at the other end.  For a little bit, the pole I was using had 2 hooks on it and a couple of times I pulled out 2 fish with 1 cast!  We fished until sometime in the afternoon when we headed back to the campground, made lunch and showered.  We played cards, listened to music and relaxed until Chicha showed up a little bit later.  Then we made dinner and sat around the fire telling jokes and chatting until we ran out of firewood.

Sunday Chicha wanted to go fishing again, so after breakfast we headed down to the lake and river.  The fish weren’t biting nearly as much as they had the day before, though Elvis and I still managed to catch a handful before we were bored of fishing.  We rented a canoe and a kayak and, after I taught the boys some maneuvering, everyone had a turn in each.  It was interesting watching them change places in the canoe and switch from the canoe to the kayak in the middle of the lake, but they made it safely!  The boys also rescued a family who got their boat stuck on a tree in the “flooded woodland” section of the lake.  After we had had enough, we ate some lunch and headed to Sandy Point (again).  We swam for a little bit before we got into a volleyball match with 3 guys from India.  We kicked their butts, so they went to find some friends.  What really happened was we ended up with 7 a side, which caused too much confusion and ended up with a bunch of people who didn’t really know how to play, but that’s okay.  We ended up winning the first game and losing the second two, but who’s counting?  It was cool, though, because they were speaking Hindi, we were speaking Spanish and the common language was English.  I think we ended up with 3 Americans, 2 Guatemalans and 9 Indians playing…cool stuff.

Yesterday was work and kicking Elvis’s butt in basketball.

Today back at work then to the soccer field.

I wish the election were over already.

Here's one of my (slightly edited) favorite pics from the weekend.

Here's one of my favorite (slightly edited) pics from the weekend.

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We’re going camping now, we’re on our way

Well, I guess it should say we went camping…but that’s a song they used to play on WTLR in the summers when they had updates from Camp K…

Anyway, Elvis and I left to go to Tuckahoe State Park on Friday evening.  We got there without getting lost, thanks to Philip. 🙂  (Somehow I left the printed directions on my desk here at work.)  We set up the tent (thanks Matthew) and got a fire going.  We forgot the gas tank for the stove, so we ended up cooking over a fire all weekend which was fine and not very much more difficult, thanks to my training at Krislund!!!  After eating a lot of food, we played Luisa (a Guatemalan board game) and cards and went to sleep.

We were awoken very early on Saturday morning by a bunch of boys who were camping in the next spot over, so we got up and made breakfast, then left to hike towards the lake.  The hike there wasn’t too bad – saw a lot of toads and some rabbits.  Once at the lake we rented a canoe – Elvis’s first time ever – and set out to fish.  While we didn’t catch any fish, the canoeing experience was quite enjoyable – especially the first hour when we were the only 2 on the lake!  We saw a whole lot of turtles, but not much else. 

We decided that we would continue to hike instead of returning to the camp ground and then back to the trail…The first trail we were on was really well marked and was quite enjoyable.  I can’t say the same for the second trail, however.  Somehow we got turned around and backwards, but we made it back out to the road where some guy and his daughters picked us up and took us back to the lake.  According to Elvis’s step counter, we walked about 9 miles or more.  We made it back to the camp site, ate lunch, showered, played more card games – (I taught Elvis how to play war – what a mistake!!!), and relaxed.  Both of us were exhausted after the hike and early morning!  After all that relaxation, we were hungry again, so we made dinner and relaxed all evening! 🙂

Sunday morning we were able to sleep in slightly longer (I guess the boys next door were also tired).  We got up around 9, made breakfast, tore down camp, and left for Sandy Point State Park for the fifth time this summer!  We were there until about 2, when it started to thunder and everyone had to get out of the water.  It started to DOWNPOUR not too far from the apartment which was NOT fun to drive through, but we made it back safely (gracias a Dios).  We went grocery shopping and vegged on the couch all evening.  I fell asleep around 9 pm and was back at work bright and early this morning.  It was a fun birthday weekend, though!