The Newton's along with a bunch of other great folks went camping up at Cache Creek Campgrounds this past weekend. It's off the parking lot of the Casino. Just kidding, it's 20 minutes past the casino, but I think for the most part people completely forget that there's even a real creek there.
I used to think of this campground as a place to go smoke pot and drink underage. This is what we used it for in highschool. I never actually camped there either, not that I remember. I just never thought of it as a prime camp spot. However my opinion of the place is totally changed, after this weekend.
First off, it's the first Solar Powered campground in California. To be honest I don't even know what is powered, maybe the water pumps? It has really nice grass to camp on, water, completely handicap accessible. And the park hosts were SO incredibly nice. They were very welcoming, they came and chatted with us, made sure we knew the rules but were pretty lax on enforcing them. Stark difference from when we camped as teenagers. I guess that's what it's like being an adult, people don't automatically assume that you're up to no good.
We spent the first night kid free. Which was nice, I had the ability to act like a teenager all over again and not put anyone's life in harm except my own, lol. On Saturday it hailed on us, which was kind of funny. I would have loved to have nice sunny weather all week, but I am pretty much always prepared for the worst, and it could have been a lot worse. I'm kind of a weather freak so when anything out of the ordinary happens I get all nerdy and excited. It's a pretty beautiful place for only being 45 minutes from town. The kids came up with mother-in-law just after the rain/hail stopped and the sun came out. We made a fabulous dinner, had a little campfire and had an all around very relaxing trip.
I didn't think too much about my new Zen outlook on life, but it was a pretty Zen trip. I know I have obvious obstacles to overcome with my attitude and anxiety, but I'm taking steps in the right direction.
Now if I could only train my old dog new tricks, like enjoying the outdoors.
Some pictures of the kids. Using my phone so they're not great, I need to get a new digital...