Monday, July 27, 2009

Ocoee weekend.

Thursday morning myself Megan and George Alex loaded up and headed out to River Rats. I got them up early so I could set up camp and hit the river. I met Travis at camp and Megan dropped us off. Travis and I spent most of the playing down river. By the time we got to Hell hole I was worn out. Let me brag on Megan a little bit. Some people are called shuttle bunnies when they drop boaters off and help run shuttle but Megan is a river angel. All I had to do was call her from hell hole and she came and picked us up. She is GREAT!!!. For supper that night Travis brought up some fresh shrimp and We had a low country boil. It was very tasty. Charlie did most of the cooking. Our desert was a peach cobbler made by Robert(who is 14 and a good boater)with fresh peaches. It was the best.
Friday we did it again. This time it most of our paddling gang. We spent all day out there . I finally hit all the eddies in Broken Nose. I was stoked about that. The river was crowed with lots of raft traffic. Friday night others started to roll into camp. We had a fire and good conversation but I was wiped out so went to bed. The popup was nice and cool inside and I slept great. Saturday George, Jim, Robert G., Jay ,Crista and Ed went to the Nanty. Travis Josh and I went back to the Ocoee. Another great day. When we got to Goforth Creek Katie and megan were there with the kids. We played in creek a bit but the boys were hungry so Megan and Katie took them back to camp to eat and nap. While sitting there a snake swan from behind Josh so we hauled our butts out of there. We all were sort of worn out so we got to hell hole and called Megan to come get us. The plan for Sunday was to go to the Hiwassee. But Saturday Megan started to catch a cold and woke up Sunday full blown sick. So we loaded up and came home. Megan slept most the rest of the day. I hope she gets better soon.
It was another great trip to the river. The boys are headed back Thursday for one more weekend before I head back to work. It had been a fantastic summer.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"O.K. I'm sold."..

That's what Megan said after setting up the popup for the first time at River Rats. We talked about getting a pop up for a long time. All we wanted in one was a couple of beds and AC. After looking for about 5 months I finally found one. It is exactly what we wanted. Its a Coleman Taos 2001 model. It had a hand pump sick and stove but I took those out and we use that space as storage. We didn't want to get away from the outdoor part of camping but also wanted a break from the summer heat while we slept. Its just as easy to set it up as a tent. I'm sure we will use it alot. This weekend will its 4Th trip out this summer. I really enjoy it and I know Megan does.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer review...part 1

Well summer is starting to wind down. We have had a good one. In June we went to Perdido Key Florida with our Friends K.&G.. We stayed in a house on the water way. I haven't been to Florida in several years and was really looking forward to it. It was better than I expected. Our house was fantastic. It belongs to K.s mom and dad. It is very cool,from the deck you have the Gulf to your left and the waterway to your right. We would sit in the mornings and watch the big boats go by. Right down the street there is a local bar and seafood place. I love places like that. The food was great topped off by cold beer. One of the things I loved about Perdido is it is not a tourist place. The nearest Walmart is a 20 minute drive.
The highlight of this trip to me was the Naval Air museum. I will go back there when we return to Perdido. It was awesome. I will post pics as soon as I can. It really was cool. We missed the Blue Angles by one day. It was so cool seeing the planes from WWII that I have read so much about. If you are ever near Pecola' this is a must. Most days in Florida we just chilled. I did help K.s dad do some things around the house. We all spent a day working. We hung blinds. We didn't mind,we were still on vacation. After a week of seafood and great times Megan and I drove home. It was a really fun time.
Over the next few days and weeks I will try to post more of a summer review.