2013 Great American Backyard Campout…

Our 2013 Great American Backyard Campout was a success!

After setting up our big tent (which I’ve renamed “Monster”) in the afternoon, we went to a birthday party and then swimming at the Y.

Following dinner Joe, Nitro, and I went outside for the evening and made pretend bow and arrows, watched bats dive for bugs,  and chased a few lightning bugs around.  We also went for a walk down to the stop sign and back on what Joe dubbed the “Appalachian Trail”.    We did a thru-hike in case you were wondering.

On the trail, we talked about how we would fit everything (yep, everything) from our house into our backpacks, what we would eat, where we would sleep and how we might avoid bears (Joe decided the best way would be to become invisible), and of course, Que Horrifico from Scooby Doo.

After our .33 mile walk on the AT, we had some popsicles and hung out in the backyard looking at stars.  When it was time for bed, Mom, Joe, and I slept under the full moon, finally rising at about 8AM.   It was a quiet, peaceful night, with perfect camping temperatures.

Before breakfast, we started a small fire and made some coffee and hot chocolate, bringing our first Great American Backyard Campout to a close.  You can look at pictures from other campouts on their official Flickr page.  From the photos, it looks like there was alot of good times shared with families across the Nation on Saturday night.  Next year, we may try to organize a neighborhood campout.  We hope you’ll join us!

See you on the trail…

Monster the Tent

Monster the Tent and our fire ring…

A happy camper...

My happy camper.  “Dad, can we do this again tonight?”

Roughing it, instant Starbucks style

Roughing it, instant Starbucks style. That garage-sale torch is my new campfire-starting best friend…

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