Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pearrygin '09 - by Brad

We spent the first week of this month at Lake Pearrygin. This was the third year we met my parents up there. My parents always get a campsite for their trailer and like a parasite, we invade their space and setup our tent.

The weather was not as hot as we hoped, but since there had been 100+ temperatures the week before, the lake was warmer than usual. We spent a lot of time floating in the lake. Elliott let me bury him a little in the sand...



Lindsey did some "relaxing" on the beach (with three boys climbing all over her). You can see quiet and calm written on her face...



Although not pictured, my dad and I did a little rattlesnake hunting after one of his friends stumbled across a few rattlesnakes. Wouldn't you know it, one person could run into four rattlesnakes in two days without trying to find them, but when we deliberately hunted for them we didn't see a single one! We didn't get any pictures of our fruitless rattlesnake hunting. We will have to try again next year.

We also tried crawdad (crayfish) hunting at night. We took Elliott and Wesley out in the raft after dark, shined flashlights in the water, and scooped up crawdads with nets off the sand where the water was 4 or 5 feet deep. We actually got a couple decent crawdads - the largest one was probably about six inches from head to tail. We boiled them up and ate them at breakfast the next morning. I was impressed that Elliott even tried one. The meat is a dry meat and tastes like a mild crab meat (not that I have eaten many crab). Unfortunately, we didn't get any pictures of that either. Maybe next year.

Elliott did a little bike riding (with a bribe from his grandpa) and ended up getting a pretty good feel for riding without training wheels...



Me and my boys...



While we were swimming a lightning storm started. Like the good un-cautious parent I am, the boys and I watched the lightning while we floated in the lake. We finally got out when it seemed like it was getting closer. Apparently a fire was started on a hill very close to the lake. Within 30 minutes, there was a helicopter dipping water out of the lake and they put out the fire very quickly. It made for some good entertainment...



The next day after the fire excitement, we took the older boys to the Smoke Jumper's Base. This is a base for firefighters who parachute into the middle of fires to get into remote areas where other firefighters cannot go. The boys enjoyed looking around in the airplanes. Elliott decided he wouldn't like to be a smoke jumper, but Wesley is ready to make that his career...

1 comment:

Peaby said...

awesome...except for the lack of pictures from the rattlesnake and crawdad hunting.

I love Lindsey's calm and relaxed face. so peaceful...

One of my favorite memories from childhood is when my dad taught me to ride a bike w/out training wheels. It's fun to see you sharing that moment with Elliott. I'm guessing I had the same look on my face. It certainly makes me look forward to teaching Jack a few years from now.