Tuesday, June 12, 2012
It poured and poured. We ran around like crazy to get camp set up and dinner made. Exhausted, I fell into bed. It washard and lumpy. My sleeping bag didn't zip. I was ok if I held still. Around 5 in the morning we awoke with a start! There was a huge RIP, CRASH and SPLASH. the awning on the tent trailer had not survived the rain. John crawled out of his mummy bag and drove to Tillamook to look for materials to repair the damage. He came back with inspiration. We were trapped in the tent trailer while he did his best to fix the problem. Good thing the Jessops ask us to bring their ladder. LOL.
It rained all that day. We did get to see a bit of the wild life. They like to come out when there is no one around to scare them because of the rain.
This was Ben's first camping trip. He did great! So did his mom! He hardly ever got down. He ate solid foots. He slept in his play pen. He even tried walking in the ocean. He didn't like that. He screamed his head off.
Hannah was the happiest person at camp. In general, she is the happiest person I know. She was even happy after she found out she didn't get the part she wanted, but was still in the Fall Play.... She will be a mermaid sister. She laughed so much that we thought she was a little nuts. John then gave her a camp name... Little Nutz. LOL.
McKay mostly played with Myles. He came all the way from New Mexico to camp in the western Oregon rain. We blame him. LOL. Every time he has visited the weather has been wacky.
Lillian made friends with the little kids in the camp. This is a good thing since we left the dogs at home. We had waffled back and forth about bringing the dogs. Lillian cried because she felt she was leaving behind her only friends. I didn't think I wanted 3 wet, smelly dogs in my tent.
Basically, John and I did all the cooking and cleaning up. Still, the little camp looked and functioned well. The Contest day started early.... and with more throwing up. Hannah poured some cereal and milk, took a bite, and stood up to "gracefully" throw up of to the side of camp. Myles thought it was the most amazing thing. LOL. I was a little worried about Hannah, but I let her go anyway... and she did great.
Saturday was the big Castle day. Kimber and I stayed at camp and made lunch for the castle people. We also had Ben and Lillian. John drove back home to Monmouth to a funeral. Everyone else joined the Jessops on their sand castle team. Sand castle start with forms (Jessops use felt roofing paper), sand and lots and lots of water. My family does the grunt work. They shovel sand, carry water, and stomp sand.
Even Myles was on the team. It is hard word. It was pretty chilly too. Hannah and Myles learned to make sand balls.
my job is as support staff. I open water bottles, feed people snacks because their hands are dirty, talk to the crowd, and offer support. Kimber ran around taking all these pictures. Lillian played with the Jessops' dog, Liz.
This arch creation by Isaac and Yvonne attracted a lot of attention... and no... nothing is in there holding things up... it's all sand.
When it comes to tools, everything goes... forks, spatulas, spoons, trawls, pipes, straws, shovels, rakes...
Chad is looking good don't you think? He has now lost 50 pounds in 13 weeks. He's a little obsessive.
The team placed 4th.... that is a step up from last year. They got $200 and a ribbon for participating.
We also saw a hurt seal on the beach. Poor little thing. A ranger kept people from approaching the seal.
It wasn't the best camping trip, but it was ok. After 4 days of rain and dirt and camping we headed home. We went all the way down to Newport. First we stopped at the Tillamook Cheese factory. You can't go by without getting ice cream. Right? Then we met Shar Wight and family at Agate Beach to see the dock that washed up on the beach that had floated all the way from Japan.