This is an afterthought to the point of this post, but it fits in, so I'll report on it. First things first, we had a nice 4th of July. We woke up early to run over and watch the hot air balloon launch, but I guess not early enough, since by the time we arrived, there were like two in the sky. We still picked up some breakfast burritos, as we like to do on such an occasion.
The weekend after the 4th we kin all went up to Bear Lake for a fun family camping trip. This has been in the works for several months, so we were glad it all worked out and that we were finally heading up. Most everyone left on Friday afternoon, with plans to stay until Sunday morning, but since The Wife and I have work and such, we decided to wait until Saturday morning to go up, which is just what we did. It was a nice drive to Logan, and we made really good time (until we were backed up by ridiculously slow traffic in the canyon... If you are driving an RV at half the speed limit with a mile of cars behind you, I'm sorry, but you should pull over and let them pass). But we made it there just around lunchtime.
No sooner had we pulled into the KOA camping grounds than we were whisked off to the lake! But before I go on, I have to say, if I'm going to be camping these days, this is the way to do it. There's grass in the sites, there are toilets with running water and even showers* 100 yards from your campsite, mini golf and a pool and a gift shop, and there's a little downtown half a mile away with delicious raspberry milkshakes. So we met up with Mom and Dad at the campsite, then drove over to the lake where everyone else had staked out our spot on the beach. I'm pretty sure I've been to Bear Lake before, but if so it was definitely years ago, so it was good to visit. The water was clear and blue like the summer sky. It was a nice day, really warm, but not scorching hot, and the beach was nice and busy, but not overly crowded, like they warned us it would be.
|Me and lil' Evelyn. I do believe this is her first appearance on my blog.|
|I love this girl. Just look at that smile.|
|Katy knows how to pose for the camera.|
|Drama. Yes, I know I'm whitely pale like a snowman, but give me a few more pictures.|
|Here is a lake.|
|Step 1: Standinnnnng...|
|Step 2: Stood!|
|Step 3: Balanciinnnng...|
|Step 4: VICTORY!!!|
|Step 5: Face plant.|
|Just a little tentative...|
|Getting in position...|
|Ready to go...|
|Just look at that rope!|
|So here's the money shot, just pretend she's a few feet higher.|
|You did it!|
|One-handed! Atta boy.|
|Notice how pink we've already become by now. Not so white anymore, at least not all over. O, sun.|
|The girlz on the ride back.|
|Julia looks so excited! It didn't last too long once it became a little too bumpy for her liking.|
|Our turn! Take note of my shades.|
|I like this one because of Jordan's face popping out the side.|
|All lined up in a row.|
|And this might just be a photograph of the very event that claimed my fashionable and functional eyewear.|
Now, I don't know why I didn't realize that this was going to be sort of a challenge, but when Jonny drives, he doesn't really hold back. It's been MANY years since I participated in this sort of thing, so I guess I forgot that part of the point of it is to try to tip the riders off. Had I realized this, I would have left my sunglasses in the boat... (As, probably, would have Julie.) Instead, the first time we toppled, they were sacrificed to the murky depths of the lake, never to be seen again. The thought did cross my mind that I might lose them, but for some reason I really just thought we wouldn't be tipping over. A little warning might have been nice! I often go swimming with them on, but I guess I don't often face plant on a wall of water with them on.
|Right on! I don't know where I am in this picture. Maybe diving to look for mine? It was too spooky down there to dive too deep.|
|Jordan took a turn on his own, braving Jonny's wildest driving yet. Jeffy kept egging Jonny on to drive faster and wilder to try to knock Jordan off, but when it was suggested Jeffy take a turn on his own, he quickly and adamantly refused.|
|I think The Wife liked it.|
|This was a tamer ride, since, as you can see, Julia had just about had enough of the big fun.|
|Cami, you look so sleepy.|
|Amber, you look so... um. (You're welcome.)|
|Brady, you look so comfy.|
|Mom and Dad know how to camp these days.|
|Nice photobomb, Wife!|
In the morning we had our cereal bar and leftovers breakfast, packed up and headed out. It was our first time camping since we were married! And I think it was a success. Then on the drive home our little caravan had some car troubles, but we shan't dwell on those, and instead be glad that we were traveling together, and that there was room enough in the functioning cars to farm everyone out. Then we even had some company for the whole drive home!
|Like we do.|
|This is how we really felt. We went home and slept for like four hours.|
* No, we didn't take showers, that's just silly, we weren't even there for 24 hours, and we spent plenty of time in the lake.