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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Our Camping Trip...

We had a very nice couple of nights down at Robbers Cave. I will have to tell you though that the cave isn’t something that we were expecting. I was all geared up to go spelunking! But that isn’t what we found. Instead we found a beautiful lake and challenging rock climbing and hiking trails.

We decided on a primitive campsite by the lake. There were no improvements at all, not even a picnic table or grill, and it was absolutely perfect! We had the entire site and the lake to ourselves! Nobody was there but us! It was like we had our own private lake and mountain side. On two separate occasions there was a single bass boat and a fisherman, but I don’t think the fish were biting so they didn’t stay on the lake very long at all.

The kids found thin flat rocks for me to place strategically on the rock fire ring so that they would hold my two iron skillets and coffee pots. I had brought some logs to burn and the kids gathered small pieces of dead wood from around the site. We had campfire fried chicken (no breading) and potato wedges the first night. Ummm… it was good.

The next day we went to the cave site and climbed to the top of the rocks and hiked all around. There were some very pretty views from up top. After exploring the cave area I wanted to go on a hiking trail and see Lost Lake. We are all amateur hikers (to the max actually) and this was quite a challenging trail for us to say the least. According to the map, the hike to Lost Lake was 1.35 miles. When we got there we found a small and serene pond in a wooded setting. It was very pretty. After looking at the map we didn’t feel we had what it took to go the entire loop (it was a very long trail, as in miles!), so we decided to go back the way we came. It was much easier going back as it was going down the mountain side instead of up. I estimated that we probably hiked over 3 miles that day. Matthew was the brave soul of our group as he pretty much carried our back pack with our water bottles in it almost the entire hike. Carrie helped relieve him several times. Of course, by the time we got back they were all empty! Thanks Matthew and Carrie!

We went back to camp after our hike and the kids cooled off with a swim in the lake. It wasn’t long that we were to leave again to go horseback riding. That morning we had made reservations at C Spur Trails. We went on a 1 ½ hour trail ride on the mountain side, through the pine and hard wood forest. It was really fun and the kids had a great time. The horses were great and the folks at C Spur Trails were really nice too.

The next day after breakfast and coffee, (the kids had Cocoa Coffee every morning), there was time for one last swim. Afterwards, we had to break camp and pack it all up and head back home. After saying good-bye to the lake we headed back north, towards home.

There are so many details that I could tell you guys about, but the bottom line is that I had fun and Matthew, Nicholas, Maria, Carrie and Parker all had a great time too. It was a very nice and enjoyable camping experience. I hope that you guys get to go sometime too.


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