Going offline

Starting tomorrow (er, today… Friday), I’m gonna be offline. We’re going camping for the family reunion all weekend. It’ll be nice to unplug for a while.

And nice to be camping, too. It’s one of those things I really like to do, but only ever do it once a year—yep, at the family reunion. Which is fine, but it always turns into such a production… it’d be nice sometime to throw a bunch of gear in the car and just go, maybe take more time than a weekend, and just… I don’t know, decompress maybe.

But I’ll take what I can get. We’ll have a great time, we’ve got a really good campsite this year, it’s gonna be good.

Camping

We spent this weekend camping up at Suttle Lake for the annual family reunion. I took Friday off and we left just before noon, and had great weather until Friday evening when the mother of all thunderstorms came through and we were hit by a torrential downpour. Fortunately, the tent mostly weathered the rain and the rest of the weekend was fun.

It’s kind of nice to go dark and live off the grid for a few days. Back to it, though!

Back Online

Yep, back from our excellent adventures in camping. It was a good weekend, sunny and hot, the nights not too cold. I was a little nervous about how the kids would do sleeping in the tent this year, but for nothing: they slept better than the adults did.

The campground itself was a bit primitive—no plumbing. Restroom facilities were outhouses, and the only water was from an old-fashioned pump. I didn’t mind so much, but others did. Next year’s family reunion will be held somewhere slightly more modern. But overall, Cold Springs Campground is a nice rustic little campground, and we had a great time.

The Beach Boys concert on Sunday was cool, too, even though we were dead tired from camping. Free drinks, cigars, steak dinner. VIP indeed. The only drawback was that only the serving areas were tented; all the tables were right out in the hot hot hot sun and we all sat roasting for awhile before some of us figured out we could sit out behind the main tent in the shade and the breeze to cool off before the concert actually started. After that, it was a perfect evening.