Book Club Camping Trip

Sara’s book club gets together once a month to talk about everything except the book they had decided to read. This year they decided to include the rest of their families for a camping trip up in Manistee, MIchigan.

Most of us arrived early Friday evening and planned to stay until Sunday, but when the rain started coming down Saturday afternoon, we all decided to pack it up early after a quick dinner and head home for the comfort of warm, dry beds.

Here are a few pictures of the 26-hour, multi-family camping trip of 2007…

Steve grilled some mean burgers for us on Friday night:
Steve grilling

It was a delicious meal:
kids eating

girls at table

Vern with a burger

Afterwards, we all headed down to the beach to watch the sunset:
on the beach

mark and tash

Some of the kids got a little wet:
boys getting wet

feet in water

But Steve was the only one brave enough to go all the way in:
Steve swimming

The next morning we had breakfast:


And we warmed up at the fire:
warming up

In the afternoon, some of us played wiffle ball:
wiffle ball

at bat

Some of the time:
on base

The time was too short, but it was great while it lasted.

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6 Responses to Book Club Camping Trip

  1. Debbi says:

    How fun! Too bad it was cut short but the kids looked like they had a good time anyway. The pictures by the lake are beautiful! The picture of Ben looks like a clothing ad– I love it!

  2. Diane says:

    Love that last picture of Ben – immediately conjures the perfect blend of Karl/Sara genes!

  3. Natalie says:

    Hey! We discuss the book! In fact, we discussed the book on Friday night around the campfire. In the interests of full disclosure, we often discuss the book directly for only 5-10 minutes, then spend longer time discussing the issues in our lives the book brings up–which could still count as book discussion. Great pictures of the 26 hours, especially the solo one of Eliza, whose hairdo matches the lid of her sippy cup.

  4. Karl says:

    Hi Natalie,
    I know, I know. I was exaggerating. Hyperbole. Poetic license and all that.

  5. Auntie Sue says:

    Looks like you had a fun time – love the pic of Lucy warming by the fire and Ben with his mighty swing! We are heading up north with 9 couples for two days. No little children to adore – and the comfort of a motel room. Different chapter.
    The flowers are still looking pretty good and were lovely all week. The bars lasted about three hours – with restraint. Yummy! Many thanks. Love you all.
    Aunt Sue

  6. Rodercrown says:

    think I need to get onto this. We’d begun to be ‘Europe campers’ having had just one too many ‘English summers’- but the Euro has foiled us, so heigh ho, back to the overcrowding and 4 quid a shot seaside field carparking.

    So where shall we go I ask?

    I don’t need discos and swimming complexes. I don’t want static caravans with the waste land out the back as a campsite.

    I do want hot showers and would very much like a washing up area!

    I would also like walking distance to the beach, tbh. OR a nice paddling river would do.

    We went to the Dart River Country Park a couple of years ago which was great but expensive.


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