Seeing Oklahoma

I decided to go camping with my boys and their boyscout troop this weekend.  I’ve never been a big fan of camping because of the bugs, snakes, and all the work.  Growing up on a farm we always had plenty of bugs. 

I recently figured out when the boys go camping, they are seeing different parts of the state that I have wanted to see.    So I decided it was time to put away the fear of snakes, frustration of bugs, and get to work camping.  We went to Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom, OK.  It was about a 3 hour drive into NW Oklahoma from OKC.

I quickly found out that I didn’t have much work to do.  The boys had to put up the tent, unload the car and set up my cot.

All the boys are in charge of unloading all the equipment that was used while we were there.

The boy scouts are in charge of making their own food.  The adults cook their own food.  Justin is beating eggs for scrambled eggs.

Justin also cooked the scrambled eggs.

I also discovered that Justin knows how to wash dishes.  The boy scouts are responsible for washing all the dishes even for the adults.

Will is drying the dishes after they are washed.

They also worked on rope tying.

We also went on a cave tour.

I’m happy to report that the bugs stayed at bay because the wind blew hard all weekend, even at night.  The tents got whipped around pretty good by the wind.  Two different families had poles in their tents break.  It also kept waking me up at night.

They also played games.

I talked another mom into going to Woodward to the quilt store.  It was about 30 min. away.  Bill thought I’d gone to the store by myself.  He kept telling me that it wasn’t the Boy Scout way to to by myself, I needed a buddy.  I told him I did have a buddy.  He just didn’t want me going and spending money.  I did buy a pattern.

I’m going to try to go camping more because I want to see more of OK, spend time with my boys and watch them develop skills that will help them  become good men.   If we get another tent or a bigger one the whole family can go.  I just hope I can keep the snakes at bay.

Jemma had a great time with her dad by herself.

3 Responses to Seeing Oklahoma

  • Robin says:

    yes, I remember being told that in real Boy Scouts they let the boys do it all…and it might take all day. I think it’s great even tho it probably is frustrating to the parents!

  • Lindsy says:

    Now that’s my kind of camping…no work. If you guys were in a cabin I would have been sold on the trip. HA! I’m glad you had a good time. I’m sure Will and Justin enjoyed having you along for the trip.

  • Rachel says:

    That sounds like a great way to go camping. Too bad about the noisy wind at night, but at least it kept the bugs away. Sounds like a great time for you and the boys, plus bill and jemma. And a trip to a quilt shop to boot!

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