Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Spring Camping 2007

Setting up tents. Playing volleyball. Singing around the campfire. Drinking cocoa and eating s'mores. Having sore bodies. Staying up late. Getting exhausted, but having a blast. All these things are pretty much synonymous with each other at one of our semi-annual family camp-outs!

This spring we returned to camp at Fort Toulouse. Lydia, Jubilee, and I packed as soon as we could, and got to the campsite around 11 a.m. on Friday morning, to find out we were the first to arrive! After some of the Simons and Elijah and Dad arrived, we switched from the small "group campsite" we'd been given to 6 regular sites close together, with easy access to a big field to play on. Us Lofgren girls actually ended up camping on a bluff overlooking the river, and Lydia captured the beautiful picture above. Soon, families began arriving and setting up their tents or campers, and things began feeling like a true camping trip. The Harts could only come up for the day and evenings on Friday and Saturday, but we were happy for the time we did have with them!

Red Rover, Red Rover, send Jubilee right over!

At our camp-outs, there's always many games played. One game leads to the next, and by the end of the day (although that's rather late when we're camping!) everyone is worn out, and very sore. However, the next day, getting up early with the bright sun and chirping birds, everyone's ready to do it all over again. Volleyball is the favorite - we must have played at least 10 to 15 games or more over the course of the weekend! We even tried something new - night volleyball, with a glow-in-the-dark ball, and lots of glo-sticks. It was pretty interesting! =) Red Rover, Spoons, Ultimate Frisbee, Baseball, Capture-the-Flag and Human Pinball were also played with much enthusiasm. With that many people, it wasn't too hard getting up a group to play.

The Human Pinball players

It's always fun to spend a weekend in God's beautiful outdoors, fellowshipping with friends and drinking in the fresh air. It's been a tradition among some of us for as long as I can remember - around 11 years or so! We add new families, and loose some, but we always manage to find at least a few to come with us. This year there were 12 families camping, with more coming just for the day. Even for this not-so-outdoorish girl, it's one of my favorite things to do!

We set up camp, and things function in our tent colony almost like they do at home. There's still food to prepare and dishes to wash. It's always fun seeing what the other is making, sampling leftovers, and getting recipes. The little children play together, with everyone else keeping an eye on them. Sometimes they join in the "big kids" games; it's amazing how many one can cram on a volleyball court!

5 Lofgren siblings at the Point. From left: Jubilee, Anna, Elijah, Lydia, and Miriam.

A trip to Fort Toulouse just wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Point, the place the Coosa and Talapoosa Rivers join to make the Alabama River. We almost didn't go, but decided before leaving, with only the Simon family and us still there, to make the trek together. My ankle was hurting a little, but Daddy lent me his arm, and we enjoyed walking and talking all the way there and back.

Following a somewhat tradition, our family stopped for ice cream at Dairy Queen on the way home, finally arriving home quite exhausted. I could barely move, but I was happy after a wonderful time with friends. I can't wait until the Fall! =)


Luke said...

It sounds and looks like y'all had a lot of fun!


Ella said...

I bet you had a fantastic time! Camping is fun, but you are right, you can feel sore afterwards!

Sheila said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a great time! I wish I could have been there! :)

Miriam Rebekah said...

Y'all never did play Human Pinball while we were there. Oh well, I'm sure there will be other times.

I enjoyed the time we were able to spend with all of you. I'm also looking forward to fall.

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

I am glad you had a great time!

Goldfish said...

That looks like fun, but it would be a different story if you did that where I live (North Dakota, you've probably heard it labeled as the 2nd Antartica; it really isn't, just today! :))

Hazel said...

It sounds just wonderful!