May 12

Camping Firsts

Posted by Matty

This past weekend, we snuck away to Oklahoma for a weekend full of firsts. It was our first Mother’s Day, Evie’s first camping trip, and our first time camping in a cabin.

The outcome? Successful on all fronts. There are pictures and more words inside.

On Friday afternoon, the weather report didn’t look good. There was a whole lot of rain in the forecast, and we even hit a little bit of it as we drove up to Turner Falls, Oklahoma.

Turner Falls is only about two hours from Dallas, so we thought that it would be a good first trip for Evie. She did great on the ride, and slept most of the way. We finally got to the park around 8 o’clock and got the key to our cabin.

Nanc and I like camping, but this is the first time that we’ve ever gotten a cabin, and we didn’t know exactly what to expect. The cabins were large and clean. When you’re used to sleeping in a tent, everything was a bonus. The cabin had a small kitchen, a bathroom with shower, even heat and A/C.

We got settled in and sat out on the porch for a little while watching the lightning, before letting the sound of the storm put us to sleep. That was the only real rain we saw for the rest of the campout (cabin out?). The rain had the benefit of keeping most everyone else away, so we didn’t have to share the park with many other people.

On Saturday (which we deemed as early Mother’s Day), we did a bit of hiking, and showed Evie the falls and the ruins of Collins Castle (really). Nanc got a digital picture frame from Evie and me, and we grilled out. We also rediscovered the fun of playing MasterMind, and also brought out our travel Settlers of Catan for a quick round. (Nancy won and is the Queen of Catan, if you must know.)

On Sunday, the trip was over too quickly, but we packed up and got back home.

The normal pictures are over on the right, but if you’re feeling brave, and aren’t likely to slip into an epileptic seizure, I have some more pictures below. I’ve been experimenting lately with a 3-D camera that I built, and here are some of the results. Since you probably don’t have any 3-D glasses laying around, I made these as “wigglers” that wiggle between the two different viewpoints.

3d pix (wigglers)

Cabin exterior


Castle -another view


Low road

Nancy and Evie

Evie and Nancy

Picnic area

Side of the road

Trading post

8 Responses to “Camping Firsts”

  1. nanc Says:

    Quick, someone put a wallet in my mouth so I don’t swallow my own tongue! Yikes, those wigglers had me shaking my head to try to keep up (and then I was just laughing). Pretty neat and fun!

    Thank you, Bonez, for the post and the weekend and my first Mother’s Day. I had a wonderful time, and I couldn’t love you or Evie more.

    Also, thanks for acknowledging my queendom. I shall try to be a fair monarch.

  2. rachel Says:

    I’m so glad that you had a great Mother’s Day, and Evie had a positive first camping experience. You’ve got a lot of time to make her hardcore. No shame in the cabin…and what a cabin! That is nicer than hotels I have stayed at. Love the pics and the 3-d pics.
    PS: Nanc, I love your hair 🙂

  3. Big Brother Craig Says:

    I love the three of you in your hats. Evie looks like she enjoys the great outdoors.
    The wiggle pics were a bit too wiggly for me ;(

  4. P-la Says:

    Now that’s some camping I could do!

  5. Angi Says:

    Now that I’ve come out the seizure from looking at those wiggler pics…

    I’m with P-la. I could do camping. There’s electricity and the whole schmiel!

    Beautiful pictures. Beautiful family. Beautiful baby.

    I’m glad your first Mother’s Day was so very special.

  6. Jen da purse Ho Says:

    man these pics rock! looks like you guys had so much fun. these 3-d pics are a riot.

  7. Mom Says:

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. A cabin? That’s my idea of camping. Winton Woods has some brand new cabins too. We will have to look into them. Love you guys.

  8. aubyn Says:

    Those are great pictures. And NanC, I always knew you were a mastermind.