Our family went to family camp at Shaver Lake this past week for our annual Ward Family & friends camping trip. The weather was warm, but very enjoyable by the lake, which was where we spent most our time. We were surprised to have the camp mostly to ourselves this year, as it is usually packed during the week of the 4th of July. Dad brought the ski boat and we brought the canoe which provided endless hours of fun. We also have one of those large water trampolines for the kids to play on, which doesn't allow the kids to jump as high as a land one, but is a lot of fun to have shoving off wars on. The lake is quite low this year due to the poor snow pack last winter, but it gave us a lot of beach to choose from. We spent 5-6 hours per day down by the lake and still had to drag the kids up to camp for dinner.
Traditionally each family cooks one breakfast and one dinner during the week allowing more time for everyone to play around. Jennifer, Robb and I (mostly Jennifer) made some great Mexican food one night (Tacos, Nachos, Chile Verde, Rice), and omelette's made to order, hash browns, fruit, danish and muffins for breakfast one morning. Each family tends to go a little overboard with their meals providing for a wide variety of good food choices. We also had burgers, pasta dinner, pulled pork sandwiches, and my favorite, avil skivers (?). I'm sitting a little heavier now because of it.
Trevor, Logan and Lizzie did a wonderful job of entertaining themselves endlessly with all the different kids their age to play with. Jackson was a different story. Jennifer and I often forget how difficult it is to take a toddler camping. Jackson loved to explore the camp, finding any half drunken soda can he could get his hands on, of which there were plenty. Jackson found negotiating the uneven terrain challenging at times, and he has the scraped nose to show for it.
Shaver Lake has a cool fire work show every year around the 4th of July off of one of the islands on lake, which is why, in part, we go during the 4th each year. This years was as cool as ever, you really can't beat the setting. The sounds of the fireworks echo throughout the area as there are a number of large peaks around. It is always a highlight of the summer.
Jennifer told me on the drive home that she could have stayed a couple of more days. I felt the same way. A good way to end a family trip.