Monday, October 27, 2008

A Hunting We Did Go!

Okay... so it's been a while since I've posted. In fact, it's been a while since I have even looked at my blog. I clicked on this morning and noticed Tish, Ed, Sherri, and Kara had commented a couple of weeks ago. Here's a late "Thank You" for the encouragement!

For several weeks I have been planning a brief hunting trip with Shane, Tyrel, and Andy (my nephew who lives in Paden, OK). Really they have been planning the trip, I just tagged along. We left town Thursday evening headed for Kaw which is near Newkirk. After stopping by Walmart in Enid to get our groceries, and eating at Taco Bueno, we continued on to our destination and arrived about 10:30. After checking out a couple of camping areas, only to find them a little more occupied than we preferred, we found a good spot just off the beaten path and began setting up camp. Since the grass was high and the sticks and small trees were many, I went to work with a machete and cleared a place for our tent while Shane and Tyrel used their tree saws to clear a spot for us to set our portable table and chairs and carried rocks to build a fire pit. After about an hour or so we had a fire burning and camp was set. We hung out around the fire for another couple of hours and turned in for the night.

Friday morning Shane and Tyrel headed out to do some scouting and I stayed in camp and kept the fire stoked. When they returned I cooked breakfast... bacon and fresh eggs... not much better than this when cooked out in the open. We lazed around awhile and then it was off for more scouting. Andy arrived by late afternoon, Tyrel warmed up some Green Chili Stew (which I highly recommend) that he had cooked up, and we ate until we couldn't eat any more. Evening came, the sun went down, and we sat around the fire telling stories and laughing for several hours before hitting the sack for a few hours sleep.

Saturday morning Shane, Tyrel and Andy headed out before sunrise and I slept till about 7:00am. When they arrived back at camp, I cooked breakfast again and Shane began cooking his famous Gumbo, which we were eating less than an hour and half after we had eaten breakfast. Do you get the idea we like to eat? I packed up about 11:00 am and headed home leaving the camp to the fearless threesome.

As soon as I arrived home I took a hot bath, knowing all the while that it was a day too late to prevent poison ivy. Yep... I got it! But having poison ivy is a small price to pay for the memories that were made and fun that was had. Thanks Shane, Tyrel, and Andy for letting 'Ole Dad hang out with you for a few days. I love you guys!

Oh yea... did I mention that I haven't been on this kind of camping trip for... let's say... 25 years? That's why I Went For It!

6 comments:

Kara said...

That sounds fun! Cory and I can't wait until the boys are a little older so we can camp more! Cooking out over the campfire is the best, in my opinion...also eating snacks all night long by the fire is great too. By the way, have I mentioned I love to eat :)

Mandy said...

I love to camp also, but was there plumbing near by? I don't do the out door bathroom thing to well!

Dawn said...

But of course you are a terrific story teller! It's about time you posted again!

Hilary said...

Sounds like you all had a great time!-and it does sound like there was a lot of eating going on. I use to go camping with my Dad, but, like you, haven't gone in many years. Maybe when the kids are older...

Brandy Lee said...

Thanks for posting about your trip. Tyrel will have to read it. He had a blast and and was so happy that you were able to go. He really thinks the world of you Brett.

Ashley said...

Dad I had so much fun with u and the guys. It was the longest week of my life, just waiting to go camping with my dad. You will have to go from now on or it will be boring and we won't have a good breakfast cook. We are going to have to do this more cause I realize what I've been missn since and during my drunken days. I wish I would have just hung out with u back then. But anywho I love u lots and hope to spend more time with u in the future.