For most of the summer the boys have been saying that they wanted to go "just the boys" camping (this means without Mom ... in case you were not able to figure that out). This weekend was finally the time we did it. We decided to go to Buffalo Creek Campground, which was the place Tyler and I did our first "Just me and My Dad" trip. It isn't the greatest campground in the world, but it takes reservations and it certainly is not the worst place either.
Also, with just the boys and me, we don't have to bring our big tent. Our medium-sized tent is so much easier to set up and take down.
Another huge advantage is that I don't don't have to wait for my wife to wake up to get the day started. On Saturday we had breakfast, cleaned up, drove almost an hour to our trail-head all before we would have even been able to finish breakfast had we been forced to wait for the woman to wake up.
The trail we went to is the Goose Creek Trail in the Lost Creek Wilderness. This is the same one I back-packed on for SheppyQuest 2005, 2008, and 2009. The boys have been saying that they want to start back-packing and I figured I'd show them this trail and some of the places that we might camp if we ever actually do go back-packing.
SheppyQuest 2005 . According to my notes of that trip, it took me about an hour and a half to get there in 2005.
follow this link to see me on the rock). The angle is a bit different, but trust me, it is the same one.
It was still pretty awesome.
It was about half an hour later that we decided to turn around. I think we were so close to the goal, but I had been thinking that for quite awhile. And, we were heading down (meaning we would have to come back up on the return trip) And, it was just getting close to the time we would have to turn around to make it back to camp for supper time anyway.
geocaching.com, but it really was there. Unfortunately, I didn't pay attention to its name. We did sign the log book, though, and it has not been there very long. Anyway, that was sort of cool to find a geocache just looking while hiking along.
Once we got back down the to creek, I showed the boys how to use my water filter. They had never seen that before.
We also took off our shoes and played in the creek a little bit.
We ended up getting back to the campground around 5. We ate around 6. Then, we started a camp-fire. Eventually, we went to sleep.
I, for one, really slept well after such a long active day. Connor didn't even want me to read book to him, so he must have been pretty tired too.
Today, we made eggs and sausage, cleaned up, packed up, and headed home in plenty of time for Mommy to make us lunch.
It was great fun. We will have to do another Boys' Camping Trip soon.