Jun 29, 2013

Bass Lake Happenings

The annual Bible study group camping trip was again this last week.  We went up to Bass Lake, and somehow bribed the boys (aka the hubbies), not to bring the boat.  Don't get me wrong, I love our boat, but not with a huge group and little kids because not everyone fits on the boat, and those that aren't on it feel pretty left out.  So we sat on the shore, ate tons of food, and played in the water en mass. By day three our little girls' hair was all pretty aweful, so we braided all of them.  Lined up oldest to youngest, I think this may be my favorite stinkin' cutest photo to date of our girls.  How cute are they?
 Did you see our littlest got added in this one?  Her hair is still too short for braids.
 Those three boys of ours are all pretty outnumbered.
 I picked the camping place this year sight unseen.  All that green back there?  Poison Oak.  Great job, Jen.  Great job.  And there were bears roaming the camp at night and snuffling around our tents.   I didn't care having gone camping with bears many times before, but some others in our group had major freak-out moments.  The only problem was that they didn't provide bear boxes for our food.  What kind of second rate camp IS this?  If there are bears, state campgrounds almost always provide bear boxes.  So the poison oak wasn't cleared at all, and there were no bear boxes.  Second rate, I tell you. Second rate. While I do love Bass Lake, I do not recommend their campgrounds.  Many other gorgeous state campgrounds around do a far better job at this.   Here is our kitchen set-up.  Why yes, we do bring extra tables, and a full on grill.  We also bring three extra kid sized picnic tables so everyone can have a seat in the same general area.  We've definitely learned through trial and error everything that we need for four to five families to go camping together.
 The beach area was right across from our campground, so we went down to the water everyday.
 Smores were enjoyed at night.
 It was pretty fun.  Complete with warm weather, swim suit wedgies and all.

 By the end of the trip, we reaked of Deet, sunscreen and wood smoke.  That smell is unique to camping and when I open up the camping bins each year and that smell wafts out, I get nostalgic.  Let's go again!
Some people don't do dirt camping in tents with kids.  While it is a ton of work, there is nothing like it for making memories.  We absolutely love it.  We keep bins packed with all the essentials so it's quite easy to pull them out and have everything right there for next time.  It's one of our favorite yearly family trips.

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