We've been hit and miss with ward campouts in the past (hit: our first summer in the ward, Will was like four months old, miss: the last couple years when it's been on a weekend that Chuck works) but this year the stars aligned and the six of us piled in the truck to cross state lines for Camp Hycliff! (not sure where the name comes from -- Nearby geographical features? Maybe the guy who first discovered the area? We may never know...)
We rolled in, unloaded, Jack took off his shirt - really just made ourselves at home, ya know?
And then we made our way to The Water Slide, aka the main attraction. We watched for a while...
and then Clyde and Will both jumped in line!
Some of Clyde's solo runs, including the one where he caught the football mid-slide:
A few of Will's solo runs; he seemed to favor headfirst haha.
Jack very hesitantly gave it a go... went slower than molasses... but (I think) enjoyed it overall. Even when he couldn't climb out himself and Tawny rescued him :).
It was pretty fun to watch the little boys and young men take on the water slide, but once the Haws and Fuhriman sisters stepped up, the girls clearly dominated. Hallie and Raegan had the best facial expressions and Raquel and Abby got points for their form!
The older girls also started a pretty awesome trend with the mud hahahaha:
Some more of Clyde and Willy boy going down the slide together... including some of Will on Clyde's back. Will also hopped on Cameron's back for a ride at one point. I'm pretty sure Will had the right idea for missing out on some of the more brutal bumps ;).
Some of the adults were good sports and gave it a try. Swensons went down together which was hilarious. Curtises did a few slides down as a family. I sent Chuck alone and still feel good about that decision!
Everyone was on their own for dinner (we stopped for McDonalds on our way out of town. Roughin' it done right!) and then we gathered together for a fireside (literally beside a fire) from the Bishopric. There was such a nice spirit there as we sat together as it got dark and contemplated the hope of the gospel truths they shared. And then we had s'mores so I don't know how anyone's testimony wouldn't have been strengthened ;).
And then the next morning we awoke to delicious breakfast courtesy of Bishop Swenson, Brother Curtis, and Brother Robertson!
We spent the morning eating, packing up, and enjoying how beautiful this little section of earth was.
OH, and more water sliding'! Carma had gone a couple times the night before but today we actually put her in her swimsuit and sent her down quite a bit. She always looked terrified and regretful at the end... but climbed the stairs up to go again, the goof. I loved how whoever took her down (Will, Clyde, Michael, Raegan) protected her face, so sweet!
Clyde and Raegan were possibly trying to set a record for number of times/variations going down - my favorite was the train with Michael leading that went too fast for Will to grab onto hahaha.
We grabbed some snacks and headed out mid-morning. We ended up with an extra passenger in front (the ridiculously cute Raquel) which may have meant we were "riding dirty" which is a term Chuck uses that I'm not familiar with because I didn't grow up in a country song in small town America ;). Highlights of the drive home: the one lane tunnel through a rock which was way cool and also terrifying, the admirable sense of humor in Adrian, Oregon, and getting candy the next day at church from the grateful Fuhrimans. Love them. And candy.
Thanks for the good time, Camp Hycliff and Nampa 2nd Ward!