This year I bravely and willingly attended the stake Fathers and Sons Campout, mainly because it will be John’s last one before he goes on his mission. You may know that I’ve actually bribed Bob and John in the past not to go on these campouts, employing bribes from matinee movies to cold hard cash. But this year I was more than happy to go!
On Friday, May 30, John got everything ready and had the Explorer loaded up by mid-afternoon. We took off at about 5 p.m. and made it to Zion’s Camp at Far West by dinner time. I was very impressed that the stake Young Men presidency had everything so organized, with a truck taking our gear down to the site, parking attendants, etc.
We had a great time that evening, and I was able to address the group as a member of the stake presidency (President Morgan was in Australia and President Foley was home with his wife and Sage). John and I also were able to tend President Morgan’s two boys, JJ and Caleb, that evening and part of the next morning. They are great boys and we were more than happy to spend time with them.
John played Capture the Flag that night with a bunch of other young men while I visited with other dads around the camp fire. This was also the first time that John was able to use his hammock that he bought earlier this year for his upcoming high adventure. He set it up near our tent and it worked great. I, of course, had an air mattress inside our tent (I admit I’m a wimp when it comes to camping), and JJ and Caleb slept on a larger air mattress next to me.
The next morning we had an awesome breakfast–again provided by our stake Young Men presidency–and then packed up our gear. I had a lot of work I had to do back at the office, so we didn’t stay too much longer that morning. We made it home safe and sound and, after I took a shower, I had a nice long nap! 🙂