Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Arriving at Summerdale

We left Houston on Thursday at 2pm and aside from brief stops for gas drove non-stop until we reached Fresno, CA, arriving at 5:30pm (7:30 TX time). I don't know how Mike does it! I only drove for 2 hours in the wee morning hours (it was stressful at first but I got the hang of it). We were all beyond excited to have made it and to have a yummy Mexican dinner before heading over to Grandma Freeman's house. It had been waaaay too long since we had seen Mike's grandma and aunt LaRee! They were wonderful hosts, even to our crazy kids who had way too much pent up energy! The kids fell asleep in an instant and then we got to visit with Ralph, Linda and Sarah before also falling instantly asleep. In the morning we hung out a bit (I loved looking at old photos!) and then picked up a rental car (and In n Out for lunch) before heading up into the mountains to camp.
It was thrilling to arrive at the campsite! It was just as we remembered it and the kids couldn't wait to get out, run around and get dirty. The day was spent mostly in the creek but also hiking up the mountain behind our campsite, playing in the dirt and catching crawfish (which we cooked in a much better way this year and they were delicious). Mike and Addie became expert crawfish catchers using a stick and a net. It was super impressive! Despite the low water levels we also added a couple trout to each dinner as well and this first night had foil dinners, my favorite, and smores of course!
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the cutest pinecone ever
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can you spy the crawfish right above the big rock?
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she's got skills!
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Ella was quite the little camping apprentice this year! Here she is learning to build the fire.
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shelling all the crawfish...if that's what you call it :-)
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3 comments:

commentprofile said...

Where were you all camping? I am thinking that in the next summer or two we are going to have to go to Yosemite. My son-in-law, Marty, who lived only a few hours away from Yosemite for his whole life has never been there (his home town is Porterville), which is not far from Fresno. I have fond memories of Yosemite from my youth where we trailer camped. Getting out in nature and "away from man" is how I like to spend vacations these days (unless there are museums to be seen of course). My family always camped or spent time in remote cabins for family vacations--it forces you to spend time with each other and to interact--no phones, TV or technology to interfere, which I think is a very good thing at times.

Marci said...

We were at Summerdale, a site just south of Yosemite.

the Holyoaks said...

What an awesome trip! I love that your kids caught crawfish! When I was little we would go "crawdaddin" and catch "crawdads" in creeks in Texas and Missouri. It was best in Missouri and we would do it every summer we visited my grandma there. I can't wait to see what else you guys did!