Last week we went camping again with the un-schooling group. This time we spent a few nights at the Spruces campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon (about 20 miles east of Salt Lake City). It wasn’t too far from home, but it’s a whole world away up in the pine forest.
Jenn and V went up on Friday afternoon to put the campsite together while I stayed home and finished out the work day. Jenn came to get me around 6pm, we ate some dinner then headed up to the campground for our first night. It was a pretty nice night, as we all gathered around for a surprise birthday cake blow out for one of the moms in the group. After midnight came, we headed over to our campsite and hit the hay in our cozy new tent.
Saturday morning we attempted to have a nice egg breakfast, but the millions of flys and other bugs made it pretty shitty LOL… Then it was time for a hike up to Lake Mary, about 750ft. above the Brighton ski resort. I was the only one that went on to finish the hike at the lake, Jenn and V called it about a third of the way up. I don’t blame them, it was quite a hike for us non-hikers. I’m glad I completed the trek, it was a personal accomplishment for me, but I now know, I’m not really a steep angle hiker. I did celebrate the hike with a pitcher of Golden Spike and a burger at the Milly Chalet at the bottom of the hill.
That evening we roasted some hot dogs over our camp fire and just hung out there for the rest of the night. I felt like I was being a bit anti-social, but after that hike and pitcher of beer, I was more than happy to accept it and just chill hard at our camp. We did take a walk around the entire campground and scope out future sites, so that was fun.
Before the night was over, we were entertained by the local squirrel assault team. These little guys are definitely not afraid of humans and pretty much almost jumped into our laps for a free meal LOL. We also had a couple rabbits come bouncing through the site later in the evening.
An hour or so before dawn, we had a thief come through the site and raid our trash bag. We never actually saw the thief, but we’re pretty certain it was rocky raccoon, little stinker! A little trash pick up was in order that morning, but no big deal.
After a quick egg and sausage breakfast, we broke down the campsite, packed up the car, said our goodbyes and headed home, the whole 20 miles back, LOL! Another really fun summer un-schooling group camping trip.