Sunday, August 08, 2010

Benjamin and Gramps go to the mountain

After a few efforts to go camping together...and after failing for one reason or another, Benjamin and Gramps finally went camping!  Grandma picked up Mr. Benjamin and met me in Novell's parking lot on Friday.  Grandmap dropped Benjamin off and he and I headed for the mountain while Grandma went back home.  It was great.  After the rain we'd had the past few evenings, I was afraid we were going to get rained out but Benjamin looked at the sky, and made a prediction that we wouldn't get rained on that day.  He was right!  We started a fire in the firepit and 'roasted some dogs'.   After our dinner of hot dogs, we made smores.  Benjamin said he made up a recipe for double/triple decker smores but we stuck with old fashioned single decker smores.    We played 'Trouble' and watched Spy Kids on the little DVD player.  After that we hit the sack for some ZZzzzzs. 

In the morning it was pretty cool outside (and inside) so we heated up the trailer by cooking up a bacon and pancake breakfast.  After breakfast we played more 'Trouble' and played a round of 'Jenga'.  We then played a couple of games of Dominos.   Once the sun was fully up and starting to get warm outside we went on a hike, rolled rocks down the hill, and spent some time smashing little rocks with big rocks.  Benjamin said he was going to save all the sparkles and make a trophy out of them for his mom that said "World's Greatest Mom".  I asked him if he was ever going to get married and leave home and he said he probably would, but he didn't want to because he loved spending time with his mom.  (You can tell he's not a teenager yet).

We then had an archery contest of shooting the arrow between the limbs of a tree.  We both failed miserably for the most part but once in a while he or I would get it through.  After that we decided to make some rock houses for the squirrels.  Benjamin had just finished putting the final touches on the roof of the first squirrel house and had put a leftover pancake in it when a squirrel showed up.  We were sitting only about 5 feet from the rock house but the squirrel didn't care.  He sniffed around and went straight into the rock house, stole a pancake and took it over to the deck to eat it.    Benjamin decided to build another rock house next to the first.  As he was building that, the squirrel came back multiple times.  One time Benjamin was laughing at me and I didn't know why until I looked down and there was the squirrel right between my feet!.  He went into the house and stole another leftover pancake.   Benjamin said he had an idea and went back in the trailer and before I knew it he was throwing Grandma's macadamia nuts out for the squirrels.  I quickly let him know that wasn't a good idea.

It rained on us at about lunchtime.  We decided to head home to watch more movies and play Wii but we met Chad coming up the road and he told us that I needed to drop Benjamin off at his other Grandparents house there in Springville which I did.  We sure had a grand time!  Thanks Brigham/Christa for letting Benjamin go camping with me!  Hope you can all come up and spend the night at the mountain soon.  In the words of Benjamin: "That would be awesome!"

6 comments:

Marilyn said...

Good times! Next time,Ishould be able to go too!

Christa said...

Benjamin had a blast! His favorite part was building homes for squirrels. Thanks for taking him!

Brett said...

Sounds like a fun trip! That's fun that you did that dad. Good job. Way to go above and beyond the grandfatherly calling.

Gramps said...

That's not above and beyond. That's just what you do when you're a gramps and it's fun!

Erica said...

Sounds so fun!!!

Cambrie said...

Grandpa merrit badge earned. Fun!