Jun 25, 2011

Camping Fools

So our lifegroup from church all went camping together this last weekend. We went up the Sierra mountains to a favorite place of our called Dinkey Creek. As you can see, neither the creek nor our camp setup was dinkey. This would just be three of the five large tents set up around our camp. Ours is the red one. It has three rooms and can sleep 10. Walmart called it the camp tent "lodge". Uh, huh. The Griswold's went on vacation, folks.

So the creek called Dinkey Creek? Well, this place usually has some good swimming holes and some good natural rock slides in the water that are blast to slide down. Not so this year. The campground had been closed for an extra month due to unseasonable snow on the ground. There was still snow in places around. The river was ripping, icey cold, snow melt. So no swimming for us. Nights were really cold but the days warmed up to a perfect temperature.

We still found much to do. Here the dads took the little ones on a hike to climb rocks overlooking the creek. We also did a lot of bike riding.

Just in case you were wondering how many people that was and how much stuff we brought...here is a small picture or two of just our eating area. That would be 10 adults, 1 elementary schooler, 5 preschoolers, and 5 baby girls. Uh, huh. For just our family, we filled the back of our SUV with blankets and sleeping bags, and then filled and brought up a whole trailer full of stuff. For just four days.

The kids were well entertained as you can see.

The five babies were dirt balls since two were walking really well now and the other three dirt crawlers. They were pretty much black with dirt and ended up eating a lot of it I'm sure. And yes, we all had a baby girl in the last year or so. Crazy, huh? Allana, Dawson, Michaela, Sadie and Tessa, left to right, top to bottom..They are just the cutest little things together. Look at that happy disgusting face. Oh Tessa. What a mess you were!
Now these girls are becoming the best of buds. Aren't they the cutest? Here are all the preschoolers on the big stump they found for climbing on. You can't forget our two preschool boys who are also just as adorable.How did we keep the babies contained? Well, we tried to keep them in this play yard. As you can see, it attracted more big kids than babies since we kept chucking all the toys in there. We affectionately called it the "cage", haha! I count 7 heads in here and only 2 of them are the babies. Too funny, right?
We went on a couple of long walks. We kinda looked like a kid parade. Mine would be the lazy ones in the jogging stroller while the rest of the kids are walking. They like to roll like that...like little raja of paja's while they sip their drinks and relax in style while Daddy is huffing and puffing with Tessa on his back pushing them up and down hills, all the while they are yelling, "faster Daddy!" Yes, those would be my lazy bones kids.
When we got to the creek, we found an area that wasn't rushing but the water was so cold even my water baby couldn't put his feet in for more than a minute before it hurt. At least that was enough to wash the black dirt off his feet. We were all so grossly dirty.

Of course we had smores every night. George here thought he would try a 6 mallow graham. Being that I can barely eat one for sugar overload, I find this terribly gross. To each his own. We ate like kings on the trip since we divided up the meals so two families were responsible for each meal (breakfast and dinner). That way prep and cleanup was quick and efficient. With all the hands on deck, it meant there was actually time for relaxing and we gorged on amazing meals with way too much food. And yes, that is a full on grill. One of the guys thought it was necessary and threw it in the back of his truck to bring up. It was wonderful until it ran out of propane on the last night. Oops!

So it all went well with a couple of snags. Tessa had a nasty cold up there the whole time. Can you believe her gross face?? So disgusting. Then she shared it with me. Nice.

The worst though was Hunter. On the second day there, he got throw up sick. In the middle of the night of course. Ainsley did too, but she only threw up once at night and it was easy cleanup. Hunter however, exploded all over his whole sleeping bag and blankets, and we had to scrounge around for enough warm blankets for him to sleep in. Not only that, the cleanup in the tent was the worst EV-ER! In the dark. Freezing cold. Fantastic. We just chucked everything in plastic bags and made do. My laundry is still churning a week later trying to get through everything.

He was sick the whole next day, but I kept thinking he would get over it soon since Tessa had had it a few days before we left and it was only a few hours. He didn't. He spent all of the next day looking like this with his trusty bucket by his side. He didn't get better until the next day and that was the day we went home. So he only got one day of fun before getting sick. Poor guy. However, both kids violently protested against going home, and so we stuck it out.

Not to end on such a down note, we actually did have a blast with everyone. In fact, we had so much fun we are planning another trip before the summer is over. Hopefully next time we can use the swimming hole and no one gets sick. Fingers triple crossed.


  1. Sounds like a fabulous time! I love your big tent! For our ONCE yearly camping trip with our church, we borrow the biggest tent we can. I love that we can stand up in it.

  2. You are one brave woman! I don't know how long I would have made it after the first battle with illness. The "cage" is too funny! It looks like you all had fun! I'm a once-a-year kind of camper and Addison usually drags me kicking and screaming even then.

  3. Aww, what a fun time! (at least, minus the cold and throw up...)
    I love that your lifegroup does stuff like this together. You really had it figured out between the meals and the "cage" and all that! Are you sure George didn't sneak Hunter one of those Six Mallow S'mores? :-P
    Just think: next year, you'll have five toddlers! Whew! Brave parents :-)

    ♥ Bethany


  4. I stumbled upon your blog while looking for images of Dinkey Creek. We are homeschoolers in Bakersfield and heading up that way next week. It was fun reading about your time up there.