Sunday, August 7, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The girls and I headed out Friday after work, and were able to make it to the campsite right before the sun went down, so we were able to check out our surroundings, which meant we had to set up our stuff in the dark. Had it not been for Jessi's excitement in camping and testing out her new gear she got for her birthday (yes, we did set it up in the living room awhile back), we were able to set up both tents with no problems. The whole process went so smoothly that we were unloaded and sitting on blankets watching the Texas night sky within 45 min of getting there. Not bad for a big group of girls camping together for the first time (we got a few comments about how odd it was to see such a thing). After a few hours of story-telling and bonding, we headed to our tents to attempt sleep. Some of us laid awake trying to cool ourselves off in the 80+ degree heat, while others were having a "stare-down" contest with the raccoons (Maddie may have won only because the racoon discovered our loaf of bread we so graciously left out for him). Eventually we all got to sleep and woke up bright and early for a delicious egg and pancake breakfast, served with starbucks coffee. (Okay...not really my idea of "roughing" it, but I can't turn down a good cup of coffee).
Once we had breakfast, we all loaded up and headed down to the swimming hole. We had to park and walk the trail about 1/2 mile to get there and it was so worth it! Not only did it save us from the 100 degree heat, but it was so beautiful and provided great people watching! We hung out/goofed around for a few hours and headed back to change and go find some local winery's. We heard about a winery 3 miles outside of camp and decided it was too close not to go, plus it would make for a fun little trip, and it sure did! We got to Fiesta Winery and found that it was run by a couple out of their home, which made it that much more unique. We sat outside because we felt guilty we were supposed to be "camping" and didn't want to spoil ourselves too much, plus the view from outside was worth braving the heat. It overlooked the couples ranch and vineyard. Coming from someone who wishes I was raised in the country, I would say it was picture perfect. We all enjoyed some of the best wine we have ever had, as well as hearing good ol' stories from the owners. We will definitely be making a trip back there!
After a few hours @ the winery, we headed back to grill hamburgers and hot dogs (compliments of "Bad Bob's" local country store) and after some frustrations playing Phase10, game-master Maddie took it upon herself to create a little camping olympics. To explain the games would be tough without Maddie (since she is the only one that really knew and understood the rules), but to name a few, "P-O-O-P-Y", a twisted version of "3-flys up", and a group favorite, jumping competitions (to see who can jump less than Sharit). Clearly it doesn't take much to entertain us girls and we sure know how to get a good laugh from everyone..inlcuding our camping neighbors.
Rookie mistake #2 (#1 was involuntarily feeding our furry friends), keep the marshmallows in the cooler w/ the chocolate! When it came time to make 'smores, we found a bag of 1 big melted marshmallow. It worked out for those of us who just like the marshmallows to be soft, since all we had to do was just spread it on the graham crackers, but the girls that liked it charred were out of luck. Sorry girls!
The last day we woke up, packed up our stuff and headed to the springs once again. Some of us were feeling adventurous and kept hiking up the trail to see if there was anything else, and sure enough, we found an even better swimming hole! The water was much cooler, clearer, and no one around to occupy it. We swam and enjoyed our own little spot for awhile before hiking back, taking some last minute group photos and loaded up cars to head home.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Saturday picnic in the park.
Some of the girls (missing a few faces (Kira & Beth))