Our Camping Trip to Christopher Creek

me posing

me posing

Kayla; videotographer
Kayla; videotographer
One of our furry little friends
One of our furry little friends
Nathan eating M&Ms
Nathan eating M&Ms

 

a favorite pastime
a favorite pastime
38 crawdads
38 crawdads

By Jamie

We went to Christopher Creek on Monday and Tuesday for some camping and had lots of fun.

We had furry neighbors that visited us. There were at least two squirrels that checked us out over the two days we were there. We threw them our peach pits and strawberry tops and they ate all the Cheerios Nathan dropped under the table. They were very cute. And then our other furry neighbors weren’t so cute and they weren’t so small. We had several little groups of cattle shuffle through the empty campsites near our trailer eating grass and plodding single file through the forest. We also heard a elk somewhere blowing his bugle.

We went on a hike on Tuesday, trying to find some waterfalls. It was a long hike, and we walked about two miles one way. We had to climb along the edge of a cliff and cross the creek several times and plow our way through black berry bushes. The path we followed had lots of fallen trees across it. The trees didn’t seem able to fall in another direction. We did finally find the waterfalls (small things, much smaller then what I was imagining) and we did find some good sturdy walking sticks along the way. We were able to use a different and easier route back to camp.

That afternoon we were rather tired, so Mom, Kayla and I dragged chairs down to the creek. Mom read and soaked her feet. Kayla and I brought our tank and nets to hunt for crawdads. (I just love doing that.) Several quick downpours of rain chased us under a tree, but then we’d just go back out when it slowed. I prowled up and down the creek swiping up crawdads. Kayla caught three water skiders and six crawdads and took pictures. I captured exactly 32 crawdads. (We counted them as we put them back in the water, so that is a literal number.)

Like at The Rim, we had a problem with the tinier part of God’s creation. There were a whole bunch of knats that attacked us while we ate our burgers at dinner time. (I saw two on my hamburger bun, and Nathan was letting them crawl all over his food.) Luckily we had some candles that made a smell that they didn’t like, so we were rid of most of them.

But we still had lots of fun.

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