August 9-11, we went camping with some old friends. In fact, Brian and Kristin were our friends when we lived in Sugarhouse, sans the kids. We would get together all the time and play card games and hang out. It was great. They lived on our street and Rinar actually went to high school with Brian, back in the day.
Now that we are back in Utah and live one town over, we decided to do a little camping trip with them at Strawberry Reservoir. Brian's parents own some land up there and they keep all the goodies up at their place during the summer.
As soon as we got there, we did a little trip with everyone on a Ranger, a heavy-duty off-road vehicle to spring at the bottom of a canyon. The kids also played bocce a lot and explored nature. We got to ride ATV's and my three oldest actually got to do some driving. They loved it.
In addition, we went exploring to another part of the property and found this old, abandoned car that looked like a glorified planter for quaking aspens.
It was pretty darn cool and a great spot for some pictures. I just wish I had brought my good camera.
Brian and Kristin in front of the old car.
Julia loved playing with Emma. They were princesses everywhere they went.
At this spot, the kids used a metal detector to find treasure. It also helped that Brian was one step ahead of them, burying coins for them to find.
A surprising find was an old zip line. Rinar and Brian got it going and then all of the kids and adults, except me, took turns going down the zip line. It was a whole lot of fun.
The kids also got a chance to shoot guns, and BB guns, too. I took my turn as well, and actually hit a lot of the targets. I am a pretty good shot. In the evening, Brian and Rinar took the older kids down to the reservoir and they caught a whole mess of crawfish. Then for the next day, the kids proceeded to torture the poor creatures before they were released back into the lake. Hey, at least we didn't eat them, right?
Both nights, after the kids were asleep, we would stay up and play games. We played 8 and Back, and Settlers of Cataan. It was my weekend, because for some reason I won all three times. I have no idea how that happened.
It is fun to go camping and enjoy the outdoors, but it is even more fun to share the experience with friends. They have four kids and they are all about the same ages as ours, and they got along really well (most of the time), which made our camping excursion even more enjoyable. I hope we can do this every year.