We pulled into Palisades and talked with the woman running the pay station. "What brings you here?" she asked. "Fishing and camping and swimming!" we replied. She gave us a confused/sad look and said "You know we don't have a reservoir, right? It's all dried up." What?!?!?!?! We wanted to see for ourselves so we drove over to where the water should be. She was right. Where there should have been a good sized body of water stood a swampy puddle. We were bummed! After driving around the tiny, shade-free campsites, we decided to try somewhere else. The kids were livid. They wanted to set up camp NOW. They wanted to get out of the car NOW. So we drove back to Manti and had a little picnic which helped thier spirits (and their flat bums).
|having a picnic in Manti|
|Fishing with Dad.|
|Jane biffed it and scratched up her head. She got over it, though. Look how happy she is!|
|They love each other, so sweet.|
|Our camping spot the first night.|
|Grant super excited to be sleeping in a tent in his sleeping bag.|
|Jane's fish. Go Jane!|
|Ice Cream at the Big Red Barn|
|Our camp site the second night.|
I took Grant out on the float boat to try and get a big fish. We were trolling our line headed back to camp when something big got my line. It was so strong it was literally pulling us in the boat as I tried to reel it in. This was it!!! King of the Pond!! I was yelling to Trent and Jane on shore and reeling with all my might. Trent yelled back "get it in the boat!!" How was I supposed to do that? It was a huge fish and a small boat. I guess I could throw Bubba out. No time for decisions!! I got that fish right up to the boat and pulled hard. He came up out of the water onto the side of the boat. He was definitely King of the Pond!!! And then the line snapped and he splashed back into the water and swam away. I had had him! He was mine. I must catch him again. . .
That night we had Dutch oven pizza's (which were a work in progress) and we let the kids stay up late. Trent and I fished for a couple of hours after the kids went to bed and then we called it a night too.
|Grant got dirty. VERY dirty.|
We had breakfast and packed up and headed to home to do-dirt ourselves.
We had a wonderful vacation, despite some minor snags, and the kids can't wait to go camping again. Sunday night we ate some of our Rainbows and Jane was so proud. Family vacation=success!