Friday, September 6, 2013

Camping Trip to Villanueva, August 23-24, 2013

Kiley with Joey
Devery and Easton
Easton with Noelle

Walking down to the playground
On the way to the playground

Heidi and Devery and kids
Sam, Kiley, and Joey

Panoramic view of our campsite
Me with the boys
The shelter structure at our site
Sam with his foil dinner

Lighting the lantern
Devery and Easton

Panoramic view of the bridge crossing the Pecos River
We took our annual overnight camping trip to Villanueva State Park on Friday, August 23, and Saturday, August 24.  Devery, Heidi, and I drove up several hours early to try to secure a decent campsite; we were about five minutes late to get a site on the river, but we were able to get the large shelter site at the top of the hill, which I'd almost prefer in any case.  (Dorine, Easton, and Kiley and Sam came up later on Friday.)  Family camping is always a chore to get ready for, so I continually wonder if one night is worth all the trouble; however, the kids always eat it up, and it's fun to be outdoors with family.  The Pecos was really low on this trip, even after it rained on Friday afternoon, so we didn't do any tubing.  We cooked foil dinners on charcoal on Friday night, then had a hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, and hash browns on Saturday morning.  We didn't even bother doing any real hiking on this trip, either -- I felt tired and run-down.