"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey ... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."

~ Gordon B. Hinckley

September 29, 2009

.Abbra Cadabra, Canoes, and a Tent.

The weekend of 19th was eventful!

Friday night, I went to a magic show with Elise. We got all dolled up and headed to the Renaissance Theater. My fingers were crossed and I was hoping to get picked to go on stage and get cut in-half. (Being called on stage at a magic show is one of the items on my Bucket List.... but that's for another post). Before the show, we had a couple of drinks on the patio and then went to the theater- and found our Balcony Seats. (I knew my chances of getting called on stage were very slim sitting in the balcony- but, my fingers were still crossed) The Spencer’s were the husband and wife magician team. He did some cool stuff, five tricks or so- Let's put it this way... he was no David Copperfield.
After seeing the most "mind blowing" magic show of my life- Elise, Rebecca, and I ventured back to Greenville to get ready for the canoe camping trip. We went to Wal-Mart and got the essentials; Beer, CheezeItz, and flip flops! After we got scolded by a Wal-Mart employee for crossing under a rope on an isle that had been freshly waxed... we checked out and went home to pack.
Saturday morning- Patrick and I picked up Elise, Rebecca, and all their camping gear and headed to Blackwater River in Milton, FL. The weather forecast was hit or miss for the weekend. On the way there- it rained a good bit, but when we got to the canoe rental place it was sunny and nice. We put in 18 miles upriver around 12:30 p.m.

Patrick and I share a canoe. Elise and Rebecca share a canoe. Chris and Allison share a canoe.
After running into a few overhanging trees and a brief rain shower we set-up camp around 5:30. My brother-In-Law, Chris should have his own T.V. show! Rebecca called him Crocodile Dundee- he was gathering firewood, setting up the tent, making our toilet paper pole... the guy can seriously do it all!
We woke up Sunday morning- well; I say we woke up... no one slept because of Patrick's snoring! We packed up our camp and headed out into the freezing cold water. The weather was beautiful... not a cloud in the sky. We hit a few snags- sunken trees were everywhere! We were so tired and just so ready to get off the river- and with no end in-site... we paddled onward.
Around 1:00- the sky turned grey, the lightning started, and the bottom fell out. We all got out of our aluminum canoes and gathered on the bank. After about 45 minutes the sky calmed down and we once again hopped our canoes. BUT this time... we attached the canoes together, so we could get to the end faster!

Finally around 4:00- we saw our stopping point and I squealed!
We had a Blast... but I have come to realize that canoeing nearly 20 miles and camping on a sand bar- was much more enjoyable when I was 18- we had enough fun to last me a lifetime! :)

Rebecca, Elise, and Me
Bathroom shots at the Most "MIND BLOWING" magic show ever!

C & E
on the school bus

Rebecca and Elise
At the Piggly Wiggly In Patrick's Truck taking pictures... when we should have been buying hot dogs.

Allison and Chris- aka- Crocodile Dundee

Elise and Rebecca... this is what they looked like most of the trip. haha

Our Toilet paper, lantern, and marshmellow pole

"Row Row Row your boat"

Chris Jumping out of a Tree

Patrick jumping out of a tree... what form!

Allison and Chris to the Rescue... E & R were stuck

This pic cracks me up! It was so cold! hahaha

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