Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Great Outdoors

Three consecutive Fridays in September I slept in a sleeping bag!  (Two of those were in a tent, one was under the stars.)  The first weekend was the annual father and sons campout with other dads and sons from our congregation.  We went to a beautiful site up Provo canyon.  When we arrived we were disappointed to find out that this particular campground did not allow campfires.  Fortunately we were able to overcome this substantial obstacle and have fun anyway:)

We had heard in advance that there would be crafts for the kids.  Taylor, Parker and I were all a bit skeptical of "crafts" at a father and son camp.  I think we envisioned quilting frames and knitting needles.  But it turned out to be a lot of fun.  First of all we made those survival bracelets that are all the rage right now.  Kind of cool.  The best part of the night, though, was the clay.  Someone had a leftover block of really nice modeling clay.  We worked with the stuff for over an hour and got more and more creative as time went by.  Here are a few examples of our work:

Loaded pick-up truck (Parker):

Toilet (Xander):

Cool dude (Parker):

Y from BYU (guess who...Taylor!):

Foot (Jeremy):

Shoe (Taylor):

Foot in Shoe (Taylor and Jeremy):

Yoda (some random kid, but it was too cool not to post it):

Despite the lack of a campfire we were determined to cook our s'mores!  Fortunately someone had brought along a lighter...

I'm exhausted, I'll write more about the other trips tomorrow!



  1. Such fun. Xander, Xander...what inspired that creation?

  2. OK first lemme say HUH? to the no CAMPfires at a CAMPground. Really? WHATEVER! Then I'll say I read the girls camp out post before this one and I think maybe Xander is using his artistic talents trying to tell you he feels the same way Jesi does about the facilities. Just sayin'. :)

    1. I understand your confusion. In some of these dry western climates with lots of wildfires, there are statewide bans on fires. Even when they lift the state bans, some private campgrounds will still prohibit them.


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