Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Camping I Will Go. . .

A camping I will go
Hey-ho the dairy-o
A camping I will go!
 
This afternoon I’m headed out for my first Sisters On The Fly campout at Champoeg State Park, just a few miles from my home!  I’ll meet up with about thirty other gals for a weekend of camping together in a beautiful spot here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Champoeg is a historical area so we will be blessed to have the park ranger ‘lead’ us to the Roundhouse for a talk on the historic and geography of the area.  Then we plan to walk to the Visitor’s Center when volunteers in period costume will show us the Historical Garden and other things to delight our hearts.  Oh, and there’s a garage sale at a ‘historical’ store nearby to benefit the park!  We will spend time around the campfire and enjoy some good meals we’ve all worked to put together.  There will be a lot of conversations - some with one or two gals and some with the group.  Miss Daffodil is not ready to roll because she has major restoration underway.  Her roof is off and she is under wraps so recent rainstorms wouldn't fill her up with water.  My sweetheart built an A-frame to give added strength so water wouldn’t make the covering sag and hang into the interior of the trailer.  It is quite a sight, as you can see.
P5287267So – my sweetheart and I have been working hard to get our ‘big’ trailer ready for the weekend.  She has been in ‘winter mode’ through the past few months and needed to be ready for the camping season.  I worked hard to clean and dust and mop and interior to be sure everything is spic-and-span and ready to go.  My sweetheart worked on some needed maintenance outside.  He spent a lot of time on the roof.  He removed the vent covers that keep rain from coming through open vents when we are camping and he removed the cover of the air conditioner.  Then he power washed it all. 
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When we opened up the trailer after the winter season we discovered that hornets had gone under the vent covers and made nests inside the vents.  The hornets were there, tending their nests.  My sweetheart sprayed to kill them before he opened the vents from the top before he cleaned them all out.  He took a power air hose inside the trailer and blew all of the old leaves and twigs (and bugs!).
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Now the vents are squeaky clean!  (This was taken before the big vent covers were installed on the roof again.  I loved looking up at the clouds!
P5287256 She’s ready to go!  My sweetheart is outside hooking her up to tow her out to the countryside where I’ll spend the next three days with other gals who love to camp.  Most of them have vintage trailers so you know I’ll have pictures to share when I return!  It’s going to be fun to see the gals I know – and it be such fun to meet some ‘new’ gals I’ve never met before.  By the time the weekend is over we will all be ‘old’ friends – Sisters, for sure!P5287263(The door is open in case I find one last thing I can’t live without until I come home again!  Of course, the campground is so close to home that I could come back and get it!)

7 comments:

  1. I grew up camping...and when I was 14, my parents bought a campground. We lived in travel trailers all summer long, while running the campground. Enjoy your weekend...

    I am really looking forward to seeing your progress on Daffodil!

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  2. You lucky girl you! Actually we are looking at one this weekend. Don't know if it will work for us...but I am excited either way. have fun! take tons of pics...journal it all...!!

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  3. Adrienne I want to come with you!!!! This sounds like so much fun and I know you will be a blessing to all those ladies you meet!

    Just got back from a trip to Alamogordo as I had 3 nieces and nephews graduating the same weekend! It was a fast and furious trip (by myself) as I tried to get many visits in with donor friends and family. Back to food boxes tomorrow then Rodeo Bible camp starts Saturday- That ends Tues and then 2 different sets of company and a wedding for the weekend. I will be ready for a camping trip after all that!!

    Bee blessed
    mary

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  4. I hope you have a great time camping with your girlfriends. It sounds like so much fun! :)

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  5. Oh you drew me in Adrienne, I really thought you were going to unveil Daffodil! Lol. Sisters on the fly sounds like such a fun group, I can't wait to hear all about it! Maybe you'll get some great ideas for Daffodil! Have fun!

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  6. What great fun! We know you'll have a blast!

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  7. I am sure it was a wonderful weekend. How special to meet with this group of women and enjoy the special weekend. Can't wait to hear about it.

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