The day after 4th of July, Clark and I went camping with his friends from Iowa State. You might be thinking “What!? Camping AGAIN!?”
Apparently, we just can’t get enough of insect bites, sleeping on hard surfaces and getting backaches, and eating meals that can be cooked with hot water!
We were looking forward to this camping trip because this time, it will be an adventure among merry company.
We rode with Collin up to Afton State Park. Our tent sites were hike-ins, hence Clark’s massive backpack.
Once we got there and met up with everyone, Clark, of course, decided to make effective use of Collin’s staff, and created a game. The goal of the game is to hit the frisbee with the staff – and you only have three tries.
Clark is “pitcher” ; Kobliska is “batter”
Naturally, the game did not last. Bill was batter-up and (it is so unfortunate I do not have a photo of this) when he hit the frisbee with the staff, it shattered into millions of pieces. It was actually surreal to witness how epic-ly it shattered.
So of course, they continued the game with a rolled up sock.
This lasted a while. And then Clark decided to put his socks back on his feet.
I also made yaki-onigiri (which is a must for any Japanee barbecue). It’s rice balls, grilled with soy sauce so it crisps up on the outside but remains sticky on the inside.
Patiently awaiting rice balls.
Also, Clark liked to show Collin and Bill his camping gear. I like this photo because Clark was so enthusiastically showing Bill our camping fork. Which is just a plastic fork – WITH A RETRACTABLE FORK HEAD WHAT THE WHATTTTTT.
I like Bill’s genuine interest in the fork.
Anyway, the evening winded up with some Cards of Humanity action, watching the sunset, and sitting around a bonfire. It was quite relaxing!
Super excited for Roasted Marshmallow!Candid!
Day 2 of Afton Camping.
The following morning we woke up to cheer on the Ultra Marathon runners racing around the state park. Apparently it was 50K and 25K race day. There were some intense looking people. It was really hot…at 8am. I am super impressed with all the runners. We were so impressed we got tired just from cheering them on. So we went back to our camp sites. (Clapping and hollering is hard work!)
We all decided we were ready to hike! Yeah! There are some very pretty prairie hiking trails in Afton. So we ventured out into prairie land. Everyone is happy in prarie land. Dandelions are huge!!!!!I am demonstrating the art of prancercizing to Kobliska. If you don’t know what I’m taking about, check it out on youtube.
Along our hike we found ghost mushrooms!
We hiked around for a few hours and did most of the trails at Afton. The scenery changes every mile or so – it’s very neat!
on a bridge in a forest type areaover a stream
The hiking was loads of fun! What I don’t understand is that at the completion of the day I had 9 insect bites and Clark had NONE. UNFAIR. I must have really tasty blood. It must be all the sushi I eat!