Thursday, May 31, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend at Gualala River!



We had a great time camping! It was filled with the river, the beach, lots of campfires, dutch oven cooking, s'mores, singing, dirt, sleeping in, and even bring-your-own-camp-chair-Church which included Sac. Mtng, Primary, and Sunday School. There was lots of laughter, very few injuries, pay-by-quarter showers, hiking, wind, sun, family pictures (thanks to Weston Photography!), yummy food, and amazing company (my brother, SIL, nephew, and our friends the Weston's). The only thing missing were animals. It was strange camping in the shadows of such tall redwood trees and having only birds around. No deer, no squirrels, raccoons, skunks...not even a chipmunk! But the campsites were very close together, which didn't leave much room for infiltration. Hmmm....

The drive up and down was along Highway 1 (the California Pacific Highway), and that alone was amazing! We even stopped for a picnic at Pebble Beach on our drive home.

The worst part, of course, was packing up camp and unpacking when we got home. But it's always worth it. There's just something about being out of doors, leaving conveniences and telephones at home, breathing in the fresh morning air and laughing with friends over a campfire. I can't wait until we do it again! :)

3 comments:

Janelle said...

Hey, we wanted to go camping at Gualala two weekends ago and went to Santa Cruz instead. Was it so great? Was it busy over Mem. Day Weekend? It looks beautiful.

Cheryl said...

It was awesome! Very crowded, though. We weren't expecting the campsites to be so close together. The group we went with had 48 campsites! It started as a family campout decades ago, and I guess about 10 years ago, one of the family members was in charge of the ward campout and decided to just invite them to the family one. It was such a success that now not only does that one extended family go every year, but several dozen families from that original ward campout come as well. It's awesome! Church on Sunday was basically an entire ward. Imagine 48 families in camp chairs out under the trees singing "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". It was incredible!

P.S. The only reason we were able to go was a campsite opened up and my SIL snatched it up for us (their ward is the one that goes every year now). We are so glad that someone had canceled!

Jamie J said...

Glad you guys had such a fun time. That's cool that there was such a big group of people that go together. Looks like a beautiful place!