Monday, August 2, 2010

"C" is for Camping

We recently floated the Illinois River and camped with friends from our kickball team, the Dead Horses. We started the trip bright and early around 6:00 am on Saturday morning.  A few people met at our house to pile in the Tahoe, so we could caravan to Tahlequah.

Our coolers and camping stuff ready to go in the car.

We arrived in Tahlequah with plenty of time to set up our tents and get rafts.  After an hour or so of waiting, we finally loaded the buses with our coolers for the 6 mile trip upstream.  For those familiar with floating the Guadalupe in TX, it's the same concept in OK except we use rafts instead of tubes.

We rode full size buses, but I saw this setup when we arrived, so I snapped a shot before we drove down to the campsite.

We found the perfect campsite and unloaded our stuff.

The boys discussed the game plan/stood around and threw the football.

Campsite all set up.

Chris and his pup, Lexi
The group

We didn't take the camera on the river for several reasons, so fast forward seven hours, and we're back at the campsite.  Some of the guys collected fire wood to make a huge fire.  We ate BBQ, hotdogs, and smores.  Some crazy biker gang was camping near us with classic rock blaring most the night.  They came over to our site several times to invite us to their party and make sure we were having a good time.  Late that night we heard yelling and a loud commotion from their area.  Next we see flash lights chasing a naked guy and someone screaming about someone's nephew.  Then we heard the frisbee golf hole clang as the naked guy ran into it at full speed.  Apparently he got up and ran away, but it must have hurt badly.  It made for some good entertainment and conversation from our side of the camp.

Michael tended to the fire.  It was HUGE!

The fire was almost too hot to roast marshmallows.

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