just before this picture was taken, we were “playing” in some old military bunkers (the camp we stayed @ was Fort Flagler) and i was running in the pitch dark and tripped and totally fell and twisted my bad knee. i was and still am walking all wonky, hence the huge walking stick and my strange posture! we blamed the ghosts of soldiers past for tripping me… makes me feel less dumb!
this is Michelle being all super sassy and stuff. she is modeling her new (used) camping flannel in which she purchased especially for this trip. the previous owner (bill) wrote his name with marker on the inside collar. her camp name was from then on… Bill!
here Jen demonstrates the proper way to eat red vines whilst camping: 3 at a time from a 4lb. tub!! we have decided that red vines are the crack of candy… they’re so frickin addicting!! we took solace in the fact that they are fat free. it made us feel less guilty for engorging ourselves on them.
while coffee was a staple for us on our camping trip, i’ll be honest… this particular picture, i am drinking whiskey. it was just after we got back to the campsite and my knee was pretty tender. Jen says whiskey makes everything better! while that may not be exactly true… it was mighty tasty and i felt all sneaky and stuff drinking it from my mug!
it was pretty cloudy the day we ventured down to the beach but it was still pretty warm. you can either camp in the upper loop where we were which is in the woods, or down in the lower loop which is by the beach. mostly campers and RVs camp down there. it was a great beach! nice and sandy, lots of sealife, and great open views.
we roasted our potatoes in the fire coals. it would have worked out really well had we monitored them a little closer and not charred them. it was all good though, we scooped out the insides and it was still good. it’s a good way to do rustic potatoes! this method also works for a great banana dessert. you take a banana, peal back a strip of peel, put peanut butter and chocolate and if you want, marshmallow in the slit of the banana, fold the peel flap back over and tightly wrap the whole thing with foil. then you set it in the coals and let it get all melty and stuff. SO GOOD!!!
on the ferry on our way over to Fort Flagler! so much fun. 3 days in the woods is all you need to feel like a get away.
random musings and reflections from camping:
*as much as it pains me to say this, i feel i might be too old (or wimpy!) to sleep on the ground with no air mattress anymore. we were all so sore in the morning!
*apparently it is a federal offense to mis-use your bug spray. oops! it was so fun to spray it over the fire (not directly into it… we at least were safe in that regard!) and watch it sparkle and fizz. 🙂
*vegetarian chili (Nalleys) is actually pretty good! it satisfies the vegetarians and non red-meat eaters (Michelle!!!) among you but is also delicious over a hot dog. yum!
*camping at old military forts is awesome! everyone loves playing in and on and around all the old bunkers, armouries, barracks, and gun magazines!
*we got to go to a cheesery (probably called a creamery) and watch them make cheese. it was really interesting! and delish. if you’re on the peninsula, i’d recommend going to Mt. Townsend Creamery. they make good stuff!
all in all it was a great time. i haven’t been actual camping since i was in high school. none of us had! we all came back sore, dirty, tired and slightly hung over from too much sugar but it was so worth it!