Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Camping and Kayaking Trip 2014

You may remember that last September, Tyler and I went camping and kayaking in southeastern Oklahoma at Beaver's Bend State Park.  

We had such a great time last year, that we've basically decided to make our trip there an annual event for Tyler's birthday, which is today!  We enjoyed our annual trip for his birthday weekend before last!

We arrived in the evening with just enough time to pitch our tent and gather firewood.  
This campsite has been pretty full each time we've gone, so there's basically no avoiding having other campers on either side of you.

For dinner our first night, we used the campsite grill to make brats, corn on the cob, and had some other snacks to go along with it.  I got the grill and food going (so proud of myself for getting the charcoal going by myself without help) while Tyler lit us a campfire.

A fine Eagle Scout he is.

After dinner, the time made it so that I had been awake almost a full 24 hours, so as much as I wanted to stay awake and enjoy the campfire, I was actually falling asleep in my lawnchair.

I took a few naps there, then eventually moved to the tent.  I used a different sleeping bag than normal, and I was so tired I couldn't figure out how to get in the sleeping bag, so I just slept on top of it.  Haha!  #NightShiftProblems

My view out of the tent the next morning.  I really enjoy waking up in a tent when the rain trap is open and I can see out.

Tyler is the breakfast man, so he used his nifty Coleman camp stove he got for Christmas to make us breakfast and coffee.

This is how we do coffee when we camp...

-   h o t   w a t e r   -

-   f r e n c h   p r e s s   -

 -   c o o l   c a m p   m u g s   -

 Really.  He's the breakfast king.

Do you see that beautiful Autumn?  Do you see it?!

There were some really interesting looking mushrooms near our campsite.

 I saved this cute little leafy guy from dying in the heat in our car.  I'm sure he liked crawling on the tree much better.

After breakfast and packing up, we headed off to rent Kayaks from our favorite place to rent called Lucky Dog in Broken Bow.  I'd have to say the place is preeeeetttyy redneck, but that also means they have fewer rules and we can do whatever we want.  We just pay them, they take us to the river with the kayaks, and pick us up when we're done.  Its hard to find places in the US that don't over-complicate things for silly safety reasons, and that's why we like this place.  I mean, there were other groups who had to wear helmets, which is ri-dic-u-lous.

This time, the river was a bit more full, which made it easier to navigate in some ways, and some of the other (very small) rapids were more fun as a result.  It is fun how rivers, although the same, still change quite drastically with just a small change in water level.

Just before I took this picture, we went over one of the taller rapids.  The water was gushing so much that when you went down, your kayak filled with water.

This old guy was taking pictures of everyone who came down the particular rapid we went down.
I'm not sure how he planned to use the pictures, and didn't offer to send them to me, or tell me what he was going to do with the picture he took of me, or even ask me if I wanted to approve that the picture wasn't awful.  So I took a picture of him wearing his silly bathing suit.

We took a break right after that spot to eat our lunch and watch other people go through the rapids.  

It was humorous to watch those who tried to be careful and go through the rapids slowly, which in turn meant they would flip their kayak.  Some were even paddling backwards trying to go through slower...not really the best way to make it through without turning it upside down.

Like this guy in the middle whose kayak is upside down.

The water was really shallow here, so I pulled the kayak on a rock and waded around a bit.

 The scenery really is beautiful here.  Loved these red flowers.

The last bit of the river was quite uneventful.  The water was much deeper, so there were no rapids and we had to paddle to really get anywhere, where as earlier in the river you really just had to steer and let the water carry you.

There were a few beautiful trees, and several large birds along the banks.

Still water meant I could row over and take some nice flower pictures.  
Wildflowers are truly better than those from the flower shop.

After kayaking, we utilized the nice campground showers we found in the RV park and then headed back home.  Luckily this long trip is along the way to my grandma's house, so we stopped to visit her for a little while before returning home.

Have you had any fun adventures this month?
Do you have any traditions for yours or your spouse's birthday?

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  1. What a blast! We were going to go camping this summer but then the pregnancy (well, really, having to get up multiple times in the middles of the night) kept us from it. I'm excited to do it with our kiddos in the future!

    1. Haha, yeah, I think pregnancy and camping are two things that probably don't mix well...maybe if it were 'glamping,' but according to my hubby that isn't allowed in our household. haha

      Camping with kids will be a new adventure in itself, but I'm sure it will be super fun! Last year while we were camping, the tent next to us was reading their kids bedtime stories that we could over hear, super cute!

  2. The views from your kayak trip are beautiful! I love the red flowers and the water rapids you caught. The guy taking pics of everyone coming down the rapids? Yikes! That's creepy! So glad you two had a great time :)

    1. Thanks Caitlin! Yeah, I kinda thought it was creepy as well. At least get my consent to use the picture you took of me, and let me know how you plan to use it... I guess in reality I'm also guilty of taking pictures of strangers in public, especially while traveling (I feel like that makes me SUCH an American tourist-type to even admit to that), but I don't think I ever really was up in someone's face with a camera and then didn't really talk to them...

      I think that picture is my favorite too! :)

  3. Beautiful! This in on our list to do next summer. We just started kayaking and can't wait to go again. The green bug is a katydid. They make a sound like they are saying "katydid, katydidn't".


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