so it’s very, very belated, and i’m hoping to make a resolution for next year that i’ll blog at least 3 x a week….. but we’ll see if i’m ready to commit to that in just a week’s time, k?! in the meantime, here’s a glimpse of our camping trip in the low desert over fall break (back in october). the writing below is from my scrapbook story of the trip. normally i’d share a lot more here, but since it’s taken more than 2 months to get this to the blog…. let’s just share the basic version, okay?!
Camping at Cholla Campground
Roosevelt Lake in Arizona.
Thursday, 10/15 to Saturday, 10/17/2015
Low desert camping is a WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME, my friends. Seriously. Let’s start with the “obvious” that wasn’t so “obvious” to us when we planned the trip: NO TREES. For real. I mean, there are bushes that people want you to think are trees. But for real, there are no trees. Which means no shade. In the desert. In October. When temperatures still get in the triple digits. Thankfully, it is waaaay WARMER when camping in the low desert. There are other problems with camping in the desert that include but are not limited to rattlesnakes, scorpions, biting ants, black widow spiders, sudden rain storms, and wind. We encountered all of those. Yes. Seriously. ALL OF THEM IN our campsite. Poor Faith and Rhodes…. they were just walking over with their dinner when the snake made it’s presence (RIGHT NEXT TO THE PATH) known. It’s highly possible that I curled into the fetal position at the picnic table and started crying (after I helped Faith get Rhodes away from the snake). The next day, Dave killed a black widow spider UNDER that picnic table. Poor Alex and Samantha endured some potently painful ant bites. The sting lasted for a solid hour. It was too hot the first night to spend time around the campfire, so s’mores were limited and hot cocoa wasn’t enjoyed. After enduring the wind and rain storm on Friday (from the safety of our Pathfinder), we enjoyed the rest of our evening with cooler temperatures, s’mores, hot cocoa, conversations around the fire, and the general enjoyment of life while camping. Despite all the negative things, we had a great time and we’ll definitely go again. In
the end, it’s more about who you’re with than where you are. We enjoyed a walk down by Roosevelt Lake on Friday. There was a nice breeze and the Munchkins enjoyed picking up shells. We played games with Jeff & Faith Smith and their friend Chris while Samantha chased Rhodes. We drank beer. I read a whole book! We played with the Munchkins. We talked and laughed and shared stories. Yep. I highly recommend camping with friends! And though we’re eager to camp again, we don’t feel the need to camp in the low desert again since we experienced almost all that it has to offer! Once per lifetime is enough!