Saturday, January 17, 2009

Girl's Campout

This weekend I went on a very fun girl's camping trip.
I knew it was going to be a good time when I saw Julie wielding a machete. She and Arlena drove in this truck that was filled with firewood.
We followed them in Katherine's truck out to Huntsville State Park. Tatum, Kim, and Kirsten had the back seat.
I was in the front with Stacie and Katherine.
One of the first items of business was to get our tents set up. Kirsten and I shared a little 2 man tent. I brought a big twin blow up air mattress that took up at least 3/4 of the tent so we both ended up sleeping on it. At least we didn't get cold! Our head lamps came in very handy on this trip.
We made up some foil dinners not long after we arrived. Kirsten peeled the potatoes, Kim cut them, I cut and peeled the carrots. Kirsten also took care of the onions.
Tatum, Arlina (not pictured), and Katherine got everything all arranged.
Contrary to what one might think about a girl's camp out, we were not light eaters. This was a serious meal! It was delicious too! Katherine put cream of mushroom soup on these and it was so good. I had never done that before, but will from now on!
Kim had a little fun with the last remaining peeled potato. Don't worry. We put it to good use later!
Kirsten and Julie are expert fire makers. They had the coals just right for cooking by the time we had everything prepared.
Julie even had these fancy fire gloves. She looks pretty spooky in this picture behind all the smoke!
Katherine got a potato gun from Garon for Christmas. It was put to good use on this trip.
In this picture, Julie was trying to shoot small pieces of potato into Kirsten's mouth. Katherine actually made one into Julie's mouth. It was pretty impressive.
After dinner, the girls made a pretty big tepee fire. It was pretty impressive.
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Kirsten whipped out her harmonica and played us some tunes. Here's her tribute to Susannah who couldn't join us because she's in Idaho this weekend.
Our music session was interrupted by some rustling. Upon investigation, we found a baby armadillo trying sneak into our camp. A racoon later joined us.
When we woke up in the morning we found this in our camp. It had been there the whole time, it was just too dark for us to see it when we got there the night before. Julie was pretty excited about it. She seems to be a bone collector of sorts.
Today we did some biking and just hung out by the fire. It was a very fun and relaxing trip. . .
. . . with a little wrestling thrown in for good measure.

4 comments:

Susannah said...

Ah, man...sorry I missed it! I loved the tribute to me!

Mom said...

Looks like lots of fun. Dad reminded me that the state prison is in Huntsville. He wondered if that's why you chose that location.:)

kristal said...

1. campfire meals RULE!

2. Potatoe guns HURT!

3. Practicing wrestling so we can whoop Jase...PRICELESS!

Matt and Andrea said...

Sounds VERY fun! Almost better than the cruise...almost.

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