Derek's Days

What a weekend…

Posted in Summer by moesker007 on July 13, 2008

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What a weekend this has been..if you didn’t know it was our 2nd Annual Camping Adventure, sort-of. 

Friday, I got done with work a bit early at 4:00 and ran around town getting the final things together for camping. Around 5:00 Amy, Alycia and I headed out to the campground. Alyssa, Jack, Bonnie, Ali, and Chelsea were already there. The tent (a three tent-connection type one with one main tent and 2 smaller ones) was up and everything was going pretty well. After we had a delicious dinner of chicken-fettucini alfredo, things started to go downhill.

We began prepping for rain as we saw storm clouds approaching from across the lake.  We got most of the food/screen stuff put into cars then we added a few tarps to our tent and went inside. It began to rain while we were figuring out sleeping situations and moving blankets/sleeping bags around. It QUICKLY turned from rain to storm. All of a suddent Amy and I were in our small tent literally holding it down against the direction that the wind was blowing with all of our strength, arms spread out as far as possible. Jack and Asleigh, and Alycia and Chelsea were all doing the same. Rain was literally coming through the fabric of the tent.

After holding out for a good 5 minutes, we decide that it isn’t going to let up and that we needed to leave. So, in one big move we all stopped holding the tent down, grabbed whatever we could in front of us and ran to the cars. We took a few runs back to the site to put out the flaring up fire and grab a few other things and got outta there. We left behind whatever we didn’t grab including the tent, screen tent, propane tank, burner, etc. Between soaked clothes, fallen branches, and relentless rain the drive home (Alyssa’s) was quite the fete in itself. When we got to Alyssa’s we took all the wet stuff outta the cars, figured out what just happened then went to sleep.

Sunday morning came with the news that Ashleigh got in a car accident. Ashleigh and Alycia had to work in the morning, so Ashleigh took Alyssa’s car and dropped of Alycia at her car then was heading back, going north on Ellis. A man in a white Aztek ran the stop sign on 8th St, went through the south lane on Ellis then t-boned Ash. The man had a revoked license, was drunk, and possibly has no insurance. Luckily, Ashleigh only had got a cut up arm. Unluckily, Alyssa’s car is definitely smashed borderline totaled. Amy and Alyssa went to get Ashleigh after she called then came back to the house. After looking at the cuts some more, se decided she should go to the ER since there was glass/metal in a few of her cuts.

While she was at the Hospital, I dropped off Ali and Chelsea at Chelesa’s house then went back to Alyssa’s to clean up the house/do everyones wet laundry. Around noon, the moms (Alyssa’s Marissa’s and Ashleigh’s) came in from the cabin and Ash was done at the hospital so we went out to eat at The Golden Glow. After everyone took showers, we headed back out to Herbster to attempt camping again.

This time we staked the tent into the dirt (after we found all of it), kind of in the ditch, at the campground and it was Me, Jack, Amy, Alyssa, Marissa and Ashleigh. We ended up setting everyhting up then went to visit Mrs. Branham and Mrs. Woodworth. We stopped at Branham’s but she wasn’t home so we proceeded onto Bayfield to see Liz (Liz Woodworth). We hung at her house for a bit, caught up on our lives then stopped at the candy store and headed back to the campground in Herbster.

We got back and started cooking dinner then saw the same sight over the lake as Saturday. The sky was dark, it was super windy, and was raining over the lake. We decided we didn’t want to have another Saturday experience so we packed up all the stuff, and headed to Jack’s cabin in Iron River. 

It worked out really well once we got there. We made beef-chicken-pepper-onion-mushroom shish kabobs, corn on the cob, and fried potatoes. It was super tasty. After dinner we just chilled at the cabin. went for a night time pontoon ride then went to be around midnight. Jack woke up early today to go back to camp so it was just Amy, Ashleigh, Alyssa, Marissa and I in the morning. We cleaned up the cabin then headed into town. 

Amy, Alyssa and I went to Alyssa’s where we dealt with al the camping stuff/cleaned up the house a bit (Alyssa’s family was home from the cabin). Amy worked at 4:00 and I came home to deal with laundry, and computer stuff and my car and yadayada. 

Now I’m just dreading work tomorrow and am very tired. I have to admit, this year’s camping adventure is not going to be one to forget. 

I uploaded lots of pictures to the Flickr, here’s the link! 

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