Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Annual East Lake Camping Trip

Every summer we try to get to Cinder Hill Campground at East Lake with Norman & Dave.  This years adventure took place on Sunday August 21st.  After securing one of our favorite campsites, we headed to the beach to enjoy an afternoon of lounging in the sun.  Unfortunately Mother Nature had other things in store for us.  Not long after settling in at the beach, the sun disappeared behind some clouds, which were previously nowhere to be seen.  Shortly after that we heard the distant sound of thunder, which soon became rain and eventually hail.  Determined not to let a little inclement weather ruin our vacation, we stayed on the beach until it all blew over, which was about 25 minutes later.

Not long after the hail ended a Cicada flew in and landed on Norman.  Being locust like, we made some biblical jokes about having to endure the plagues of Egypt with the hail and then the Cicada.  Not long after that we discovered that between the beach and our campsite were literally thousands of tiny frogs.  They must have just recently morphed from their tadpole stage as they were crawling all over the rocks.  As you can tell in the photo below they weren't easy to see...can you find the frog???



Here's one of  the frog's on Dave's hand.  Fortunately the plagues ended, the water didn't turn red, we didn't get boils and the sun eventually came back out.

Dave White's enjoying the return of the sun...

...as is Kelly.

Here's a dragonfly that landed on Dave's finger.

We met a nice couple from Portland who were camping for the weekend, so we invited them to come down to join us for cocktails.  Here are Dave & Norman with Mike & Jeff.

Here's Mike with their dog Bodhi.

Kelly enjoying the company & campfire

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