Sunday, May 17, 2009

Father-Son camp out

Cole and I had the opportunity on Friday to drive up just North of Ventura to a campground near Ojai. I had never been to Ojai and had never heard of the campground we camped at but was pleasantly surprised. The name of the campground is Dennison Park. It is small with only 21 spots but had a lot to offer.

I was so excited to go with Cole that I took off work at 12:30 so we could get on the road early. We arrived at 4:30, and that was after me driving around for about an hour because Cole had fallen asleep in the car. We were first to arrive, not only for our group, but in the whole campground. I set up camp quickly then Cole and I walked down to the camps playground. Cole loved riding on the horses and climbing on the jungle gym. I don't have any pictures of him on the jungle gym because I was busy watching him so he wouldn't break his arm like his older sister last year! The picture above is the view from the campground looking down over the Ojai Valley. Those are all Orange Groves in the foreground and fog making its way up from the ocean.

Cole stood next to the fire and threw rocks and sticks into the fire pit. It kept him busy while we celebrated (testimony meeting) the commemoration of the Aaronic Priesthood.
Coles buddy Hunter brought some light sabers with him. Cole walked around fighting anyone and everyone at the campground.
I just took this picture of our camp site to show Nicole so she could see that its a nice place to go camping. Our family just bought a tent trailer a couple weeks ago so we need to find as many campgrounds as possible. This one is a good one as far as I'm concerned. A playground for the kids, not too busy and close to home. Plus shade is always an added bonus when camping.
Like I already said, Cole absolutely loved these little horses at the playground. He and I had such a great time together and I can't wait until next year. Creed will be about 15 months old and I think I'll take him along too next time. I love spending time with my kids and am looking forward to dozens of camping trips and excursions over the next several years.


Lisa said...

Cole is growing up. He is a good looking boy. The campgrounds look beautiful and so much fun.

Ryan said...

Fun. Youre taking your son to camp outs now. Hopefully your son will learn to have as much fun and give church leaders as many headaches as we did growing up.

Shannon said...

Dad went with Grandpa this weekend to the Fathers and Sons campout. They didn't spend the night but was up for the evening. I'm glad Dad went down to be with Grandpa. I'm glad that you took Cole with you camping. I think it's important for kids to have one on one time with parents. Good job, Mike!

Nana Donna said...

Shannon already told you about Dad's Fathers and Son's. Grandpa is feeling a lot better so he wanted Dad to go down. I'm also glad that they got to have that opportunity and I am very happy to hear how much you are enjoying your family! You are AWESOME!