After two years in-a-row
of rainy weather for our family weekend, held at Button Bay State Park, it was nice to
have such sunny weather for this year's event. A good showing of families, including: the
O'Rourke's, Prior's, Ketcham's Gifford's, Bishop's, Maclausin's, and the Nealy's. Everyone
showed Friday afternoon or early evening with the O'Rourke's showing up late in their
Honda Accord stuffed to the brim with all their camping equipment and 2 teenagers! What is
up with that? The Prior's need their full size Suburban to get the job done, and they only
have one kid.
Friday afternoon was spent setting up camp and hanging out while the kids
hit the pool. A few beers where tossed back as dinner was being grilled, boiled and fried.
Nothing taste better than vittles cooked in the great outdoors. After our meal we started
a campfire and the kids made smores and had a go at jamming around the fire. Isaac and
Dylan played a few tunes. I over heard Isaac (16 year old) say: "I'm better than my
Saturday morning brought blue skies and hungry folks.We waited for Tim to
get up and start breakfast, but after awhile everyone gave up on Tim and fended for
themselves. The Bishop's and Maclausin's did up a pile of food, including bacon and eggs.
Over at the Ketcham site however it was as simple as you can get: Kellogg's Variety Pac,
O.J. and coffee. Of course the Priors (Kristin) cooked up a feast as usual........must be
Saturday afternoon was spent doing the things we enjoy. The kids rode
their bikes around, swam, played wiffle-ball, and fished. The adults played with the kids,
some sat in DP's gazebo and played cards, Roy, Stan and Joe played catch, Bob and Stan
rode their mountain bikes around, Carol played
some music, Joanne drove around in her
"new" Saab convertible "Bob" just bought her......oh how sweet. Thanks
Bob! We had a surprise visit by Bill Goddard, who stayed for a couple of brews only to
have his truck breakdown on the way out. He called triple A and finally was able to leave
the campsite. Tim prayed. Dave, Joe, Matt and Jon went out on Jon's "yacht" for
a few hours hoping to land a Salmon for dinner. They came back empty handed so it was hot
dogs and hamburgers instead.
Saturday evening was spent sitting around the campfire making smores and
visiting. There were very few mosquitoes out, which is always good, and the temperature
dropped down to a very comfortable place. The guitars
came out once again, only this time it was the adults turn. We showed the kids who is king at this music thing! We ended up
staying up past midnight enjoying Roy's humor and
even had the campers next door come by for a visit. Believe it or not Jon Nealy was still
Sunday dawned with light rain, but soon gave way to more sunny skies.
Everyone took their time packing up, trying to enjoy the last remaining hours before
check-out. Tim and family were first to leave, being they needed to drive to Massachusetts
to drop-off their teenage son at some basketball camp. Roy and Joe stayed until 3pm, even
though check-out time is 11am. The rangers didn't seem to mind. All and all a very good