I took my mother in law and son on an over nighter at our local creek on the 4th. Being that I just got back from a week of scout camping,I felt lucky to be back in the woods.Weather was light rain for most of the day,but it didnt matter since it was warm and muggy. Saw deer, herons, egrets and all the little critter you see in the woods.
Camped on a small island and it appears no one has been on since my last trip. Maintaining a fire was a challenge due to the wet wood, but we were able to maintain a small fire with almost constant supervision.
After dinner (8:45) I paddled upstream for a little smallie fishing since the rain finally quit. Landed a few decent smallies and decided to float back to the island when in the distance, I could see fire works going off. I got the rare opportunity to float down stream and watch the fire works from my yak. My son layed in his hammock and watch the show. It was great.
Upon return to the island, I had a big Walmart thing of fireworks stuff for my son.
He put on our own firework show on the bank and it was a treat to be doing something like this with my son on the 4th.
My mother in law made chocolate eclairs over the fire and they were excellent. She is a former girl scout leader and hold her own in the woods. I gave her a CC LEX a couple of years ago so she hangs like the rest of us.
I got in the mail on Thursday a HH Hex fly from Heescha and took it along with my cheapo ebay hammock. Didnt feel like bothering with the Hennessey this trip since the bugs werent an issue. Set up my rig next to the water and fell asleep to the ripple of the water. Son was using his LEX with my SG camo tarp.
The next day my son tells me there is something wrong with his yak.I look over and he is about underwater in his yak.
My son lost his drain plug and we didnt find out until he was riding on the back of his yak messing around(basically filling up the yak). We got to the bank, drained the yak, added some duct tape and we were good to go.
He routinely takes turns standing up in his yak and paddling, sitting on the front or back and paddles.
I really love the time with my son. He loves the outdoors and has plenty experience at age 12. We had some great bonding times that I would never get at home.
I added a few pictures . I hope you enjoy them.