Sunday, July 24, 2011

180 Camping trip

Bryan took the youth group (180) on their fourth annual camping trip to Honeyman State Park in Florence last week. Cayden and I went for one night, driving my older brother's 1978 camper van over there. That was quite the adventure in itself, but I will talk more about that later. Cayden loved camping, as long as we weren't in the sun too long. She took a nap on the dunes when I found a shady spot, and later that night she was so tired she fell right asleep on Youngi.

Sisters Lauren and Sophia...they love Cayden.So here's our sweet camper van. The back seat lays down into a bed and it even has curtains. So this van is pretty crazy. First off, it no longer starts by turning the ignition. You have to get the car rolling (either by parking on a hill or getting pushed) and then you pop the clutch and slam on the gas and it jerks to life. My first experience with this popping the clutch thing was at the gas station in Corvallis. I asked the guy if he would fill the tank while the car was still running (so I wouldn't have to start it again), and he said no, so I told him he had to push the car for me then afterwards to get it started. He agreed and it only took me three tries (poor guy) to get it started (rolling around in the Shell station parking lot). Once I got to the campground the guys just pushed me, but on the way back I had to stop and feed a screaming Cayden at a rest stop. It was a pretty small rest area, so once I was done feeding her, I had to wait about 10 minutes for someone to come into the rest area so they could push me. The two guys ended up being a little scary looking with their foot long beards and cigarettes, but they were super nice and gave me the push I needed to get on my way. Also, this van idles super loud and only goes about 50 mph, so I was getting a lot of glares as people zoomed by me. All in all, it was quite the adventure and we were glad to have a place to sleep (not on the ground).

At the dunes, there is a lake, so Cayden got to experience cold water on her feet for the first time. And we rented a paddle boat and canoe, which the kids enjoyed. I went on the paddle boat once, but it made my legs super tired, so that had to stop.

My little brother shane also went on the trip, so that was fun to get to spend time with him. We had a great time and only had one injury (that I know of) of the eighth grade boys was playing cards at night with a propane lantern sitting next to him. For some reason, he thought it would be a good idea to touch the glass of the lantern, which is super hot! I even told them earlier to be careful, but he ended up with a huge blister that popped and just an open sore burn....oh boys, what will we do with you?

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