Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Wow...the weekends sure do go fast.  My dear hubby has been working 12-hour days at work the last 2 weeks, and it's expected to continue for at least another 2.  Therefore, we decided that after racing we would pile into the motor home and head south for an overnight camping trip.

The kids and I spent the week washing, waxing and stocking the motor home with yummy supplies.  If we would've gotten stranded it would've been at least a week until we were hungry...hehe.  We had cereal and donuts, sausage and eggs, taco salad fixings, steak and corn on the cob, dried meat - cheese & crackers, hot dogs, chips, strawberries and cherries, candy and lots of water.  While Frank & Jon were racing (Jon is tied for the lead again, yeah!)...Mo and I got everything ready to go. Of course, Sidney thinks she's driving...her favorite spot in any vehicle!

Getting home from racing and down to the camp site was questionable for a while.  First the van blew a tire just as they got off the exit ramp (close to home).  So after a quick change, we got the van and trailer home.  The guys got a quick snack since it was now about 2 o'clock and they hadn't eaten yet.  Then we loaded the last few items (toothbrushes, blankets, dog...stuff like that), and headed on our way.  Unfortunately, as we were going down the hill from our house Frank radioed me on the talkers (aka walkie talkies) that he had no brakes.  Back to the house...  After about 2 hours and a trip to several stores to find the right size compression fitting (3/16 NOT 7/32)...we were off again.  This time we made it!

We stayed at a different camp site this time.  With the exception of two pop-tents we were all alone...and I never saw the people who owned the tents.  We set up camp, built a fire and got food ready.  The kids went for a little walk..not too far (Morgan isn't as adventurous as Jon...he got "lost" for about 3 hrs last fall and was "rescued" by some horseman).  Mo brought me back a fist full of daisies...the lake they went to see was surrounded by them (white and yellow).

Sunday morning we (I) awoke early and started the fire and read for a while enjoying the peace.  Only the sounds of the birds, the wind rustling through the trees and the water rushing over the hillside greeted me.  So much better than trains, cars and barking dogs. The only thing that could've made it better was if I would've remembered my coffee, grrr.

So after our yummy breakfast we went for a beautiful walk.  Mother nature sure knows what she's doing!  A beautiful little pond complete with a beaver dam.  Our path took us through where the beavers gathered their wood.  It was fun imagining them "cutting" down a tree, hoping on board and riding it down the hill to the water...too many pixar films for the Franjko's.  Deer prints were everywhere.  Big ones accompanies by itty bitty ones...we didn't get to see any Mama's with their speckled babies though. 

The woods were spectacular.  The sound of babbling brooks, sun reflecting off the underside of healthy green leaves from the lake below, flowers of all colors, wild raspberries and butterflies chasing one another around.  So calming and relaxing...renewing.

Next we headed to the shooting range.  The guys are hunters with a passion for weapons...they are hunter gatherers after all.  Jon brought along his .410 and Frank brought his new "toy".  We only spent an hour was very sunny and I didn't lather on the SPF 70.  Back to the shade of our camp.

Our last meal at camp consisted of pepperoni roll hobo pie and hot dogs.  Then it was time to pack up and head for home :(  Fortunately we made it home with no problems (unless you count stopping for the dog to throw up--we did on the way down too)  We finished our wonderful Father's Day with strawberry and banana shakes along with our meat, cheese and crackers. 


Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

AWESOME!! Good for you guys!! It's a shame you had such a rough start but at least you DID get there and enjoy the peace & quiet!
I can't believe you forgot your coffee!! Yikes!! Great photos ... thanks so much for sharing them with us!
Happy Father's Day Frankie!!

Coloradolady said...

It looks like you had an amazing weekend for Fathers day!! It is so hot here, the thought of camping is just too over the top for me!! Thanks for your comment, I am going to check that book out!

Loved the graduation pictures too, what a great time in their lives...the whole world awaits!!! Have a really great week!