Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Best Spring Break Ever!

I think we just had the best Spring Break ever!

Two other families and ourselves spent 3 nights camping at Buckskin Mtn State Park, AZ. We had 6 adults and 14 kids all under the age of 11. It was great that each of the kids had someone to play with.

We arrived Sunday afternoon and had this gorgeous view of the Colorado River right from our camp site. One night we saw wild donkey's on the other side which is actually California not Arizona.

Because it was Sunday and trying to  keep the day holy by not swimming we brought other activities to keep the kids occupied. Who doesn't love bubbles!

The Schutlz family brought walkie-talkies which kept the kiddo's entertained for hours.

I don't think our family has ever done this kind of camping. When we camp we usually rough it pretty well. This campsite came with running water, shower's, flushing toilets a basketball court and a playground. In front of our camp site we had grass and huge trees that offered lots of shade. Unfortunately none of the shade fell directly over our camp site but it was close enough we took advantage of it. Despite being early Spring during the day the temps rose above 80 degrees. It was quite hot. 

On Monday we spent most of our day at the "beach". Being spring break I thought there would be a ton of people and kids. Most of the camp sites were full but they were full of really nice, large air conditioned, tv campers. We rarely saw any of our neighbors. In face I'm pretty sure we were the only ones in a tent.  

Brayden so excited to find a craw dad's claw!

Our two older boys, Hunter and Josh.
The best part about our "beach" was the buoy's that helped keep the kiddo's from being swept down the river in the current. 

The Davis family brought lots of blow up floaties that the kids absolutely loved.
We brought my dad's two blow up rafts. The kids and adults had a great time using them.  
Even though the camp ground was packed we had the beach and all along the river as far as the eye could see to ourselves. Occasionally a boat would go down the river but it seemed like we were the only ones there. It was great!

The smaller raft was used many times to cross the river to California. They would climb up the rocks and jump off. This is Kevin mid jump with Hunter and Josh watching, wishing they had the courage.

Kevin and Madelyn

The girls. All three of them are 8! 

The water was cold and felt good with the heat. This little one took a while before she jumped in with the rest. 

 Hunter and Dad having a water fight. Hunter soaked Dad's hat but Hunter got dunked. Pretty sure Dad won this round. 

It was heaven when the sun went down. It cooled down but was never cold. We had a campfire for fun each night. Roasting star bursts and marshmallows is always a must for a good camp out.

On day 2 we spent most of our day back at the beach. 

Dad taking the little's out for a ride. 

This is Brystol washing her hair??? 

The two 10 year old girls. 

When the parents were done with the water we came back to camp and let the kids play at the playground.  

 We had the older kids race each other.

This little man was so tired by the end of the day that he almost fell asleep. Seriously....on sand? 

Getting ready for bed before it gets too dark. 

Waiting for the dutch over dinner to finish. 

Our 4 day/3 night stay was so much fun!
All the kids got along great, there was plenty of food to eat and lots of mingling to have. The nights were my favorite. We'd put the kids to bed and the adults would sit around the camp fire visiting. It was so peaceful! I don't think any of us were ready to return home. We had so much fun that when the Schultz family returned home they reserved our campsite for next year at the same place, same time.

Can't wait for next year to continue our friendships.