Out of the 80 people in our Family Nature Club, 9 of the kids and parents have birthdays in the last days of October and the first 2 weeks of November. So, we had a huge birthday celebration while camping at Guadalupe River State Park on Nov 2nd and 3rd. There were cupcakes, cake and s’mores for everyone at the most well-attended camping trip of the last 4 1/2 years.

The weekend was beautiful with a high of 80 and a low of about 65. The water was still warm enough to swim in, and the kids took advantage of it. They played in the water, hiked along the river, played “king of the mountain” on the huge boulders in the river, and went fishing with poles and nets. And of course, their favorite thing to do: they dammed the river to change how fast or slow the water flowed through a small area.

They made leaf and stick boats, and they rearranged the rocks on the shore. On friday night, the kids made veggie packets (out of veggies that were brought already cut up). And they roasted hot dogs (veggie and meat), over the fire.

The drought in TX has been going on for so long that it is exciting when we finally get to have a fire to cook over and sit around at night. There has been a burn ban for more than half of the time our group has existed. It is very hard to get kids to gather around and calm down at night on a campout without a campfire.For Friday, the only plan I had was to set up, cook dinner, and hang out by the fire. The kids came up with everything else we did (playing in the river). I love how creative kids are when they have other kids to hang out with outside (and without the interruption of electronics).


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