Monday, July 6, 2009

Fourth of July Weekend Camping

We had originally planned to camp at Smithville for the Fourth of July, because it is so close to us, but when I drove up there early Thursday morning all 777 electric campsites were filled.  I couldn't believe it!  Oh, and you can't reserve sights ahead of time, so all of those people drove out there and paid in advance to have an empty campground until they showed up- unbelievable.  So we changed our plans and headed out to Longview Lake.  It was a nice place, but not near close enough to the water, so we will be finding a better place next time.

Anyways, we were able to stay for 3 days and two nights, which ended up being very relaxing and a great time.  It rained a few times, but the pop-up help up well and we were so glad we weren't in a tent when it rained all-night-long!

We took a lot of pics of the inside of the camper this time to give you a more intimate look into how we have been living on our campouts.

Here is looking at the camper from "our bed" over to "the dog's bed".  You can see our table, storage and sink area.  Of course we can't live without our TV and internet.  AWESOME! I know a lot of people think that having these amenities are downright stupid, but those people need to calm down and realize we don't use them as a principle form of entertainment. However, it is real nice to watch the morning news while you are cooking breakfast, or to check your Google Reader before you call it a night. Get over it you damn purists!

This is a close-up shot of the storage units that hold our towels, cooking supplies, bug spray, etc.  Next to that are the trash cans- one for recycling and one for everything else.  On the ground you can see our personal porta-pottie.  It is normally stored inside the cabinet when not in use, but I thought I would pull it out so you could all enjoy it.  It's really not as bad as I thought it would be, but I haven't been really bad to it yet...

Brian built a sled on wheels after this trip, so it's easier to slide the porta-pottie in and out of the cabinet (the thing gets pretty heavy as it fills up).

This next picture shows our sink and food storage/prep area.  Brian made those custom shelves out of shower rods bolted to shelf rails- an idea he got online.  It really provides a lot more storage space and is super helpful.  Brian also put in a new sink faucet that really helps out with dish washing- the old one was waaaay too short. The new faucet also pivots around, and has threads on the end (in case we ever want to hook a shower or hose to it).

And this last shot is looking from the dog's bed at all of our glory.  It's so much fun to be able to come in here to prep our food, relax in the AC when it's hot, and sleep soundly in heavy rain.

I also wanted to mention that we cooked the most awesome dessert Friday night.  I know this is a very common dessert, but we had never cooked it.  It was a dutch oven peach cobbler (or dump cake as known by others).

All you do is line the dutch oven with foil, pour in one can of fruit (any will do), pour one box of yellow cake mix on top, and then cut up one stick of butter on top of that.

Put the dutch oven near the fire,  put coals on top, and cook for about 40 minutes or until the top is a nice and brown and bubbly.  It was heavenly.

I really have to repeat how much fun we had! We are already starting to plan a trip to Colorado!

The rest of the weekend I worked, we cleaned house, mowed, cleaned up the trailer, watched NASCAR (you should go find a vid of the wreck on the final lap- yeah Tony Stewart- woo hoo!!), had lunch with my parents for a belated birthday party (thanks mom and dad for the awesome gifts, especially the dutch oven!), and watched Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood.  It all went by way too fast. :(

FYI, here is the full gallery of our camp trip.


  1. That peach cobbler looks delicious! It is making me hungry as we speak!

  2. Some good dutch oven meals to also try out are deep dish pizza and lasagna. Or biscuits or cinnamon rolls are easy.

  3. That is good to know. We will have to look into that for next time.