Friday, May 31, 2013

The Annual River Trip 2013

Our annual river trip, second year spent here.
Third year, 
four families, 
plus an adventurous aunt, 
celebrating this year's one graduate, Marty. 
Two days floating on river, one day at Schlitterbahn, water, sun, lots of fun!

The highlights of this week for me were to see the teens have so much fun together, especially playing volleyball. The personalities came out with the smack talking, crab dancing, doggy dig. Highlight of the late nights! The park had lights out at 11, so they played at every chance.

This year the park was overrun with "pet" raccoons. No one claimed them as pets, but they were out as soon as the sun went down, hanging out by the campsites looking for leftovers. If you didn't secure your food, as poor Traci and Joe discovered, the coons will eat all your food. They ate their family's food for the week, just leaving the bones from the pork chops. I was a little disturbed at the idea of anyone visiting the bathrooms after dark, as that seemed to be a favorite spot to dart in as we walked past. The guys figured out a way to protect the trash cans that worked and saved the early morning clean up from the raccoon partying.

I always think about a water camera too late, maybe next year. So mostly I capture pictures around camp, mostly around meals. Other times everyone is on the go, walking around the camp grounds, playing at "devil's playground, volleyball, tubing, exploring the island opposite the park. So no pictures at Schlitterbahn. Now we had a great day, from park open to close, (we're always last ones out). But this year they did something different and only opened the two newer parks, but not The Falls (to Craig's disappointment). The old park is legendary. The water is straight out of the river and refreshing. There are so many water rides, you get a workout walking around the park. The kids were disappointed about missing the old park. We did take advantage of everything we could do that was open.

I personally loved the lazy river and torrential river, hanging out with Lilly, Ceci and Maggie the most. I did have some time to visit with Traci as Craig pulled us around on one of the tubing sections. But my favorite part, where we park ourselves was in front of the kiddie pool which had some activities for big kids. Two climbing ropes across lily pads and open water. All day we watched kids enthusiastically rush to try their arm strength, but most, like 99% failed, and walked away a little disappointed. During a break Traci and I sat by Nick and listened at his explanations and analyzations of why everyone failed. He predicted accurately where each person would fail. So, after a hundred of hopefuls failed, we kinda thought, "Isn't it time to prove your theories, Nick?" And off he went, straight across faster than I would have imagined (scout physical fitness merit badge must be paying off). He used the water to run across, never let his arms do too much of the work. We were impressed, and cheered and laughed.
So here the challenge began. Eight teenage boys in our group?! Well, the brotherly smack talking stratagizing confident boasting began. And I can proudly say, they ALL crossed, they all worked that climbing rope like it wasn't an effort. What fun we had cheering them along! They continued for a while, as I made loops on the lazy river with the little girls, I could hear cheering for each young man as they made it across. The girls tried, and usually dropped at the same exact point. These girls are athletic, but just not made the same as the boys.  We made the most of the the park and had a memorable day.
not my pic, but so you get the idea

Another highlight: Shared dinners.
 We usually woke at different times, so breakfast was on our own. But lunches and dinners, we all gathered around the picnic tables, camp chairs and said Grace and enjoyed some great food. Spaghetti night was fun. Traci used black beans (since the raccoons stole her meat) but is was yummy. We had venison in ours. Fajita night was also great. The last night is always a feast, sharing generously what we are trying to clean out of coolers and refrigerators. Water activity makes you hungry and appreciate anything, so we felt like we were eating like kings. Carol generously provided most of the last night feat with chili, chicken and beef sausage, while the rest of us contributed sides and drinks. It was all gone, nothing left for the coons that night.

Board games, card games, bubbles, talking, laughing, playing!

This RV park is the best we've found. Lost of fun and freedom for the big kids, endless water fun just down from out campsite. We were so excited to see the dam they built last year held, they just needed to refortify the pool in the middle, which they immediately set to work.

As the adults were packing up the last day, the kids thought they were up for one last adventure in the water. Mary E offered to get in the the cold morning river water and take them to explore an island and lagoon, then come down the "falls" one last time.

ready for 2014!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like such a fun time! We haven't been to the river in so long, but we'll have to put it on a list of future excursions :)