Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Memories - Camping

Hubs with oldest son @ Yosemite

As a child I remember going camping with my parents and brothers/sisters and Grandpa Troyer. I swore as a teenager that 'when I get older I will never camp again'....how things changed.  Two years after marrying we were on our first family camping trip in beautiful Yosemite. Bill was 13 months old.  We had to borrow our camping equipment...but what fun we had!  
Dad and Me
 To the right is a picture of  my dad and me putting up a tent.  I'm not sure exactly where this was taken but in California there was much camping available close by, both along the beach and in the mountains.  We could literally drive 30-50 miles and be in another world. We camped a lot along the coast at the beaches as well as in the mountains, the desert, or where-ever.  Many times we drove up the coast to Sequoia, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and others. 

Hubs at Lake Cahuma in the Santa Barbara Moutntains

One of our favorite camping spots was Lake Cachuma, behind Santa Barbara.  It was near Solvang (a quaint Danish town).  One time we were there with our youngest son and his friend.  Howard and Robert were in the back of our truck wrestling - Robert kept yelling 'child abuse, child abuse', a ranger came up and asked if there was a problem - Robert said 'yes, he's trying to abuse me'....the smart ranger just shook his head and said 'you look like you need to be abused'.......we all roared!  Of course there was no abuse going on and the ranger was smart enough to see that but what a load of trouble we could have been in!

We camped at Cajon Pass (between southern California and Nevada) on weekends so Howard and our friend and all the kids could watch the trains go by. We camped at Featherly Park and O'Neil Park in the heart of Orange County, located close enough to the freeway that we could hear the cars and trucks whiz by at night.  We camped on Catalina Island a couple of times with the kids and church groups.

We've even gone a few times since the kids have been gone from home but now we stay in cabins or motels!  These old bones don't do well on the ground anymore.

Mary Post Warren
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  1. That is a great picture of Grandpa smoking his pipe! I love that picture. Save it for me. Okay

  2. Yay Camping! many great memories. our tent was huge. we were living large.
    Love Camping! Thanks for taking us. Don't remember campground on Cal-Nev border. Remember all the rest.
    Love Rob

  3. Sounds like you may have camped in some of the places my family did when I was a child. I also vowed no more camping, and then of course I let my husband talk me into it when our kids were little.