Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day Campout

We had quite an adventure for our camping trip this weekend. As I probably said before, Jesse planned a trip where we took 6 other people from our Bible study down to Maryhill State park, right on the WA-Oregon border and the Columbia River. It turned out to be a beautiful park! The campsites we got were really the best ones we saw there- nice and shady, and the park was green and surrounded by hills and vineyards and sky. It was SO beautiful to be right on the Gorge!
We did have a few mishaps, the first being that it took us about 2-3 hours longer to drive than we had expected, due to one of the vehicles pulling a boat over a mountain pass. We were able to avoid all Memorial Day traffic, but it meant we did a lot of driving in the middle of nowhere in the dark that first night. We got to the park around 1ish (maybe later) and set up a couple tents. A few of us just slept in cars so we could get some rest and stop disturbing campers that were already sleeping all around us. I felt so bad, but what could we have done!? The rest of the weekend did go uphill, with boat rides on the river, a trip to a Stonehenge replica (as it would have looked when it was first built), campfires, a trip to Native American petroglyphs that had been removed from an area that is now underwater due to the construction of a dam, slurpies that turned our tongues blue, and LOTS of games with the group, which was probably my favorite part of the weekend. It was a lot of fun, but I am never too disappointed about getting home and getting to sleep in my own bed again!

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