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Matthew_B

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Posted: 09/17/08 03:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The title sums up what we did for Labor day weekend.... we drove 1300 feet to the west and camped on my property.

A buddy brought his kids over, and his and my kids hung out and played.

The moms got a quiet evening to themselves, just like they wanted.

First was setting up camp:

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And now our "campground" is all done.

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The guy I bought the property from had this leveled off. He said at the time, if you friends see it, they'll be bugging you to come over all the time. Seems to hold true...

Of course you can't go camping without having the requisite campfire, so we got one going. The firewood price was nice, but the wood was a tad damp [emoticon]

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Shush, don't tell... no fires are allowed, but I doubt the green grass by the creek can burn.

And here are 7 smores filled happy kids (although the boys look like they are about to fall asleep).

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The next morning, the boys were out by the creek checking out the rocks.
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"OK, we need all of those rocks there into the creek over there!"

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"Good, now there are the ones over there, let's get them too."

After a nice camping brunch of pancakes, bacon & eggs, the girls were pondering a swim.

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"It's hot out here, but cold in there, who's going to swim?"

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"Yeah, it's cold!!!"

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"we'll wade through here"

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"just watch out for the part where the bottom is slick clay!"

All in all, a good time for the kids. My son is asking "when can Abe come camping dad?" so I think he enjoyed himself.





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Posted: 09/17/08 03:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like a great time for all...........


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Posted: 09/17/08 03:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm sure I checked my mail that week but I never saw the invitation [emoticon]

Looks like they had a great time, thanks for the post.


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Spott wrote:

I'm sure I checked my mail that week but I never saw the invitation [emoticon]


I figured the commute for a weekend would be a little tough.

On the serious side, I've thought about posting to the welcome thread, I'm just not sure how to handle it. With three kids, DW and I are going so many directions at once I'm not sure how much we'd be able to host anyone.

The space by the house would be accessible anytime. Down by the creek is only vehicle accessible after the ground drys out sometime in June, and even then, it involves crossing 1000 feet of pasture, so you'd not have to mind green tires when you left [emoticon]

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Looks like good times were had by all. This is camping at its finest. Some times I feel guilty calling RV camping "camping" but it looks like you are raising your children right. Good for you.


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Posted: 09/17/08 03:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Matthew:

Your Trip Report did give me pause for a few seconds: how would I deal with such an animal?

So, I've posted it to Trip Reports as:

1300 Feet to the West: a Texas backyard odyssey

I'm calling all truck campers to now offer their back yard Trip Reports! It's a growing phenomenon I think! We do this 10 times a month, or 40 times a summer. If you've got the space, environment, tranquility and amenities to back yard camp (like we and Matthew and other lucky Forum members do), well then get to it [emoticon]

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silversand wrote:

1300 Feet to the West: a Texas backyard odyssey


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Posted: 09/17/08 04:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Matthew

We're headed up that way on the 27th We'll be visiting Crater Lake and then on up to Silver Falls SP. It's sort of a scouting trip as well as we've been harboring plans to move up that way. Haven't really decided exactly where yet but we want to explore the area between Salem and Hillsboro and look at some property. My only thing is I need to be near an airport because that's how I make my living.

What's the weather like up there this time of year? We were supposed to go last week of August but my wife had a death in the family so it got postponed.

But we're ready to go now!!


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Looks like fun Matthew. Our kids appear to be the same age, would be great to end up the same place/same time. We'll be at Devil's Lake 25th-28th.

Be sure to tell Kcabpilot that it rains all the time, people are mean, property is over-priced, etc. [emoticon]

Cheers.


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im working on a camping spot about 3 miles from home back in the woods a bit if i ever get it cleared and a pad put in.


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