last night my daughters elementary school had their annual " family camp out " . my school never did anything like that! her school is right next door to our local ecology center, which has one of my favorite hiking trails. they emphasize outdoor activities, and they encourage families to spend time together in the outdoors. the kids also get to help plant flowers and gardens on school property a few times a year. its cool that they mix up regular academics and the outdoors. my wife and i are very happy we were able to get her into this school.
by the time we got there we only had about 45 min. of sunlight, so i quickly set up our tent, blew up the queen size air matress, and had chow. by the way, the queen size air matress smokes my thermarest for comfort!
food was cooked by a few of the parents and was burgers,dogs,mac n cheese, baked beans, and chips.
after chow we hung out around by the campfire and roasted up some marshmellows ( the one camp treat i hate ). at about 8:30pm a night hike was started. the hike started at the back of the school property, and went on some of the trails of the ecology center, then ended back at the front of the school property. round trip was about 1 to 1.5 miles. the goal of the trip was to hunt for spiders... not so hard around here!
after a while we went back to our tent for some sleep. we watched a barbi princess movie on the portable DVD player, ah the joys of car camping. overnight temps dipped down into the mid. 50's. not too hot, and not too cold!
i did a quick count of around 40 tents. 98% of those were ozark trail tents inc. mine... walmart tents as far as the eyes could see my friends!
there must not be a tent left on the shelves at any of the walmarts in two counties
. the one i used ive owned for 16-17 years and it has served me well for car camping. ozark trail tents are what they are, and as long as they help get people out then they are full of win in my book.
i rocked a ZS shirt to spread the word. i actually overheard a handfull of parents talking about prepping after chow and i joined in on the conversation. its good to see " normal " people talking about prepping.
here are some pics from the campout...
my tent has a little orange dot over it.
a few pics from chow, and the campfire, and of me and my future camping / hunting buddies!
we did an early moring hike this AM. nothing crazy just a mile or so.
your guess is as good as mine. perhaps a middle of the night bird rape.