Friday, June 8, 2007

Kickoff to Summer Camping

A new view - hiking the rocks next to Lower Yosemite Fall

We just kicked off summer with our annual camping trip to Yosemite. This is our 4th year in a row - we just can't get tired of this place. It is such a getaway - 4 glorious days surrounded by God's awesome creation, and packed full with great activities.

There is so much to do in Yosemite. Fantastic hikes, bike rides, dips in rivers...but you have to spend some time just sitting in a camp chair soaking it all in as well. We come home sore and exhausted from all our activity - but it's well worth the pain!

We had quite a group this year - the DeShongs, Berggrens, Tubbs, Brooks and Hoyers. A total of 28 kids ranging in age from 4 months to 16 years old! As we took hikes or rode the tram, we were asked "what group are you?" and "is this a school?" It was so much fun to fellowship together with such wonderful families.
Whatever our day's activities were, we always gathered at night for our traditional group dinners. We eat good. The first night is always Soup Night, with a selection of soups, salads and rolls. I never eat my own soup (Corn Chowder) as I am eager to try all the other kinds! The other nights included chili dogs with Diane's great chili, and barbecued tri tip complete with a deluxe baked potato bar. The last night we tried something new - Quesadilla night. Based on the kids' reactions, it was a hit. They loved fixing their own tortillas filled with a variety of fillings, and heating them on the barbecue. And of course, there's the s'mores. Every night. One sure thing is that Billy Brooks, marshmallow connoisseur, will be roasting the perfect marshmallow for you. He has his clients and they count on him.

There were so many pictures to choose from...so I decided to make a separate blog just with photos...see above entry...enjoy!

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