Now with 98% less opinion!
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The Turkey Shoot camp out was really fun and a good experience. When we first showed up we had to set up camp. We had to make a kitchen, a big eating area, and a toilet. Not to mention setting up our tents. By this time there were about eighty people total here.
At about 6:30 we had dinner, for dinner we had pulled pork sandwiches, brown beans, corn, and baked potatoes. Later on that night we played capture the flag in the dark with no boundaries. We only had three people run into a cactus so I think that is a pretty good record out of eighty people. During the night the temperature dropped to about forty degrees.
In the morning we had breakfast which was pancakes, tater tots, and bacon. At about 9am we started shooting guns there were three stations shotgun, rifle, and hi-power. Of course in rifle and shotgun shooting you just shot things but in hi-power people shot tannerite and a 50 caliber sniper rifle. My dad and I left early with two of my friends so we could go on a jeep trail called box canyon.
So overall this was one of the best campouts i have ever been on.
Posted by Jefferson at 3:05 PM
This is a view down toward Florence, AZ on the Box Canyon trail. Someone had recommended it to me as a really fun trail. I looked it up in my off-road trail book and the author said that it was easy to moderate...
Most of the trail was easy to moderate, but there were some pretty fun obstacles. Like this cliff that we had to get down. There was still water moving down the wash from all the rain we've been having, so the boys had fun playing in the waterfalls.
Here we go! The 12yo took some action shots.
This was called the Stage Depot in my book. I don't know anything about it other than it looks pretty old. Is it possible that this trail was used by stage coaches?
This is the entry to box canyon itself. I didn't get any good pictures in there for some reason. It was really neat because the walls were so sheer and multicolored. Unfortunately my off-road book didn't mention the many very difficult rocks we had to get over. The jeep actually slipped as we crossed over one nasty spot. There was a lot of scary banging noises as the jeep fell down onto a boulder. I was sure that we were either high-centered or that I'd smashed in the side of the wrangler. But you should never doubt the power of the wrangler! We weren't even stuck. I do think that I will get a 2 inch lift and bigger wheels when my tires are worn out. The extra clearance would have made this much less stressful for me.
Posted by Jefferson at 6:26 PM
Well, it's pretty hard to find sledding opportunities here in AZ. Yes, we can drive up to Payson or Flagstaff, but that's not really convenient. One substitute that works really well here is ice blocking. One big advantage of ice blocking over sledding is that you don't get nearly as cold. One disadvantage is that if you fall off your ice block, there's no soft pillow of snow to fall into!
There is a park near our house with a great smooth hill. When Tyler and Angie came down to visit, we took the kids over to hit the slope. When we got to the park, there were already about 30 people sliding down the hill. One kid was using a furniture dolly- and he really got some speed. Some kids were even sliding on cardboard, which surprisingly worked really well.
It was a lot of fun, and a lot of good exercise getting back up the hill for another run. Of course Tyler had the most fun thinking of creative ways to go down the hill. He liked to use multiple blocks of ice and multiple people in various configurations. Most of his ideas worked- at least the crashes didn't cause any injuries!
Posted by Jefferson at 10:34 PM
This is why you should never get a dog. Argh! I only spent 45 minutes in line to customize the perfect assortment of delicious chocolates. And I did NOT do that for the dog :( By the way, I always heard that chocolate was poisonous for dogs. I think that myth is debunked.
Anyone want to adopt a dog for Christmas? I know one that's available.
Posted by Jefferson at 9:28 AM
To the tune of "Jingle Bells" (more or less) as sung by the 7yo.
Dashing through the snow,
on a pair of broken skis.
Over the hills we go,
hitting into trees!
The snow is turning red,
I think I must be dead.
help is on the way.
I woke up in the hospital
with stitches in my head.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
How much fun it is to ride
on a pair of broken skis, OH!
Posted by Jefferson at 12:17 PM