So, this Labor Day weekend, I got back to my camping roots. When I was a young buck, once or twice a summer all the guys would get together and go camping. Of course, when I say "camping," what I really mean is "drinking a *LOT* of beer in the woods while subsisting entirely on bacon and hot dogs."
Which, for the record, is *not* what I did this past weekend...
There's the campsite in a nutshell. Or, perhaps as I alluded on Facebook, a Coleman gear commercial - there's two Coleman tents, a Coleman canopy, Coleman stove, numerous Coleman lanterns (gas, propane and battery-powered) and (not pictured) two Coleman sleeping bags. Yeah, I might be a fan. I've been using Coleman products for well over 20 years, and some of those are relics inherited from my parents.
That still work just fine today.
Now, I've been camping with TheBoy and Cub/Boy Scouts for years. We've gone on a few father/son trips for the weekend, and each time we've had a great time. This Labor Day, though, we brought the girls along. The Mrs. isn't much for tent camping - hence why we had the travel trailer for as long as we did, and the pop-up camper before it - but she gave it the old college try and off we went.
So, the weekend was spent reading books, throwing a frisbee or football around, playing card games, and generally just relaxing. The campground had a pool, which was nice, but not a lot of other amenities like bike trails or hiking trails, so the next trip will include more activities to partake (we're thinking kayaking or canoeing would be fun). We also need to pare down the gear if we're going to get back into camping - one of the downsides of having a full-size pickup and a 26-foot camper is we had LOTS of room to store stuff, so we never got around to consolidating and updating gear.
But everyone's on board for another trip next year, so I consider that a solid win!
That is all.