Family Trip To Camp.
This forum seemed to be a little slow so I thought I would give a little recap of my weekend. I made what may be the last trip of the season with the wife and my 3 and 4 year olds. We pulled into camp in Sinnamahoning, Cameron County on Thursday afternoon. The first thing I noticed was four rows down and two rows deep of firewood were stolen out of my stack. I spent two days cutting and hand splitting some large blow downs so we would have wood to burn during the fall and hunting seasons. They did leave some, so their truck must have been full.Spent the rest of the day re-fueling my anger every time somebody stopped to say Hi.
Friday we fished the dam most of the day and just hung out playing with the kids. My 3 year old was hammering bluegill left and right and doing pretty much everything by himself. I have to take them off hook to spare them the brute force of a impatient boy. Campfire and smores capped the night and everybody slept well!
Saturday was one of the best family times at camp I can remember! We started the day with a two mile walk on the nature trail in the state park. We stopped a lot to inspect every caterpiller and pile of scat along the trail. Both the kids love talking and laughing about poop. The started identifying each new discovery proceeded by the animal that left it... "dad, raccoon poop" "dad, deer poop" "dad, dog poop. Hey they should have brought a bag to clean that up!" That one made me laugh.
After a break for lunch and a short romp on the playground we headed over the mountain via Brooks Run Road. Both kids were out cold in the car before we were a mile in. The dirt road is just not as fun in the minivan as it is in the truck. We stopped in Emporium for some spraypaint to mark whats left of my wood pile then headed to Pizza Palace for dinner. As we pulled in there were people lining the streets. It was the home coming parade for Cameron County School. We watched as the kids danced to the marching band and scooped up candy from every fire truck and police car.
I had never been there before but Pizza Palace was great. I recommend the cajun chicken pizza. It didn't sound good but my wife really wanted to try it and I must say I'm glad we did. On the way home along PA 120 we saw two massive Bull elk. For one of them I got lucky and saw him coming down the gas line after two cows and was able to stop before he ran out in front of us. They walked 10 feet in front of the vehicle as they came off the embankment.
Later that night we were all sitting around with the neighbors at the camp fire when 2 small buck and a doe came out to feed under a chestnut tree less than 25 yards from us. They would look up at us on occassion but really paid us no attention. As we were listening to the kids sing songs in between bites of smores I heard the neighbor say "oh jeez". I looked over to see a 7x7 bull elk walking directly at us. He stopped at about 30 yards and altered his course to the chestnut tree. The deer had their fill and took off while the elk stuck around for about 5 min. and then walked off into the woods. What an amazing sight!
The weather was beautiful all weekend and we got to spend time as a family making some great memories. My hand was cramped after writing some very detailed camp journal entries. I hope the weather and my work schedule cooperate so we can get maybe one more family trip to camp before hunting seasons start.
Anybody else make it to camp this weekend?