Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween Family Campout

Halloween, Hallow's eve, Samhain, whatever you want to call it, its one of my favorite yearly events, this day is the day of horror, of the macabre, of the celebration of dark humor. It's also the day of candy, trick or treating, and costumes. My family from Birmingham came over to go trick or treating at Anniston's main street for such things, Glennwood Terrace. The next day, despite cold weather predictions, we went camping out by the pond. I donned my 'coonskin cap and we set up our tent city in the field just south of the pond, which is dry this time of year.

Dad and the kids set up the big tent, and we made a fire in the middle of camp.
We're a pretty close family, and it's nice when we're all together. 
We started the fire earlier than usual due to the cold. The recent rains brought with them a sudden cold front.
As the light lowered, Clarence started grilling.
Leah arrived just before dinner to join us camping. She's pretty awesome. We have been going out for 3 years now.
The kids were full of energy, as kids oft are. They ran and played. The field was perfect for such things.
We ate dinner as night fell. Sophie wished she could have Dad's dinner.

Cassiopeia is visible in this one.
We all sat around the fire and hung out for a while longer, until we all trickled off to bed.

The next morning, we ate bacon at the house.
Leah and Rowan played chess on the Kindle. He has gotten pretty good at chess.
After breakfast, we went up to Cheaha to explore a bit.

Talladega is visible in the distance from the restaurant.
This is looking toward Mcdill point, which we have hiked to several times before.

It was a wonderful weekend, full of family and laughter and nature. It doesn't get much better than that.
Perhaps next time we can go camping on the island of Trucks & Tacos. Won't be so cold there.

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