Friday, September 17, 2010

Olive Creek

So, I know it has been quite a while since my last post. I have done so much work to the camper and trying to write it all down was something I just never felt like doing. So I didn't which also meant that I was not posting anything. So I am just going to move right past it and share a great camping experience.
I wanted to go camping for my birthday so I took a Friday off from work and Tyne and I headed out Thursday evening. We were headed for a lake called Olive Creek, which I have never been to but a guy from work who camps more then anyone else from Kawasaki, recommend his favorite place nearby called Olive Creek. When you first enter the camp ground you come down a hill and get to see the lake in all its beauty. Oh so pretty there are huge trees overlooking a very nice little lake and grassy areas. What was especially nice was that there was no one there. We found the perfect spot under a large tree about 20 feet from the water and set up for the weekend.
The weekend was filled with oh so much fishing, it was really nice to be able to fish right next to where you are camping. Although we got no keepers the fish were biting very steadily and we must have gotten at least 20 fish, most of which were around 5 to 6 inches, all bluegills and one bass. We also got to get Gerald out boat into the water for the first time this year. We have brought him to the lake 3 or 4 times but never actually got him in the water, which is very sad. It was super nice to paddle around on a new lake and check it out. There is still much to be explored there too but we will save it for other times.
People came out and visited which was really nice. Dan came out and fished with us for a while. Mike and his friend Kate came and played a very great game of Bocce ball. Even my parents, Joanne, Janessa and Jadyn came out too. The girls really enjoyed the water front and fishing.
Another thing that made this place so magical was that I have never seen a place with so many fuzzy caterpillars, at first I saw one and was surprised by one of those cool things you don't see every day. Then as time went by I noticed they were everywhere, you had to walk looking down just so that you would not step on them. Also I found a walking stick while I was there, which has always been on my bucket list. There were also these strange things called horse/hedgehog apples, which looked very strange and would work great for Bocce ball or Croquet if you needed more balls. There was also sand at the water edge, which for a Nebraska lake is quite rare. There are some lakes where they make beaches by dumping tons of sand by the water. This however was just fine sand that seemed to naturally be at the waters edge, most lakes here are just grass then mud right too the water. So it was really nice to stand with your feet in sand while fishing. We were also to enjoy our shower in a bag every night. There is something very special about taking a shower naked under the cover of darkness in warm water under the stars next to a lake, in the great out doors. One evening we even stayed in and played sequence in the coziness of the little camper.
It all in all was one of the most relaxing camping trips I have had. It was so nice to get away for a few days and revel in the great outdoors while enjoying the fruits of my labor in the camper. The weather was perfect too warm days cool nights. A fire always going. Tyne cooking of delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Steadily catching fish with my wife, boating exploring and playing games. Sigh it was truly a great weekend, I am very thankful for everything that has made it possible. Heres to a great camping and no end in site.

P.S. On a side note I finally got to do some welding on the camper. I have done lots of work to it but never any welding. The jack for the hitch failed so it was time to put on a new one! Hip Hip Horay for welding!


  1. I'm delighted that you and Tyne had a wonderful weekend and I'm glad that we came to visit. It's also been a joy to watch your progress with the camper project. It was nice that you kept it at our house and that Dad and I could help.

  2. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You look so hardcore in that welding picture.
    It was nice reading your post and reliving that weekend. Such a beautiful little trip in a beautiful little camper. :)