Kamping Kabins with the Kids and A History Lesson or Two

This weekend, the kids had Friday, Monday and Tuesday off school. (Do they even go to school in November or December? Too bad all this free time isn’t convincing Oregon Dad that I should homeschool ALL of them.)

Early Friday we loaded up in the GIANT, GAS SUCKING, Dodge 2500 Pick Up and headed for Astoria/Seaside/Warrenton (the kamp ground was in between all locations). Yes, I am spelling kamp with a K and no its not because I can’t spell. We stayed in a KOA Kamping Kabin. Did I mention that filling up the truck only ran us $65???? A month ago we topped out at $130 when on empty. Woot for falling gas prices.

Inside view of the kabin taken from the doorway.
Upon arrival, I was SHOCKED (having never seen a kamping kabin before). I knew they were rustic, but it was a cabin about 10 ft x 10 ft that our entire family was suppose to fit in. Yep, all seven of us. In between bunks there was hardly walking space, let alone room for all our junk crap gear. Oh, and we took the moose dog with us.

We pawned TeenGirl off to another cabin (don’t worry, we had 5 cabins holding 18 people) and she borrowed a bunk in their TWO room cabin. Um, excuse me… how did I get a one room cabin and several others got two rooms? Oh, right, because I was the last to book this outing and the double rooms were already gone. Got it.

The weather was suppose to be RAINY/STORMY/ALL TOGETHER POOPY. It turned out ok… not swell, but decent. We had mostly no rain during the days and it poured all night long. Thus, we were able to have camp fires and the kiddos rode their bikes. Granted they were splattered front and back with mud from the fender less bikes (and who’s idea was it to remove the good old fenders that bikes used to be equipped with?)

God’s Promise, seen as we exited Battery Russell at Ft. Stevens, a sign?

We enjoyed s’mores before bed and swimming in the indoor (and super cold pool). During the summer months, this particular kamp sports a jumping pillow, outdoor mini-golf, volleyball & basketball courts, a pancake feed, public fire pits (year around) and outdoor cooking kitchens (covered). All in all, it was a pretty good set up for around $60 a night. Right now (through the end of 2008), this kampground is offering a discount equal to the oldest person in your party, so we received 35% off for a total of $90 for the weekend.

When we decided to visit Astoria my plan was to take the kids through Ft. Stevens, Ft. Clatsop and across the four mile bridge into Washington. The weekend wasn’t quite long enough and the weather was a little too wet for everything to be accomplished. We did however visit half of Ft. Stevens and ventured down the sand to the shipwreck (Peter Iredale at Clatsop Spit).

The kids at Shipwreck.

Defenders of the Columbia, on the lookout for invaders.

Kelsey, Kaylee, Kenzie and Kyler hanging in the window of a gunnery house at Battery Russell (part of Ft. Stevens).

This turned out to be a really fun weekend, despite the fact that I had NINE loads of laundry to wash when we arrived back home.

Oh, and I made my first ever meal in a DUTCH OVEN. Honestly, I didn’t even know what it was until Husband dug it out of the closet last week. We had chili (and it was good… a little spicy for me, but perfect for Hubs and TeenGirl). Our recipe: 6 cups of mixed beans (I used a can of kidney, black and pinto this time), a large can (32 ounce) of organic diced tomatoes (we used 365 brand), 1 l of ground turkey- browned and Simply Organics Chili Mix. It was REALLY simple, I cooked the turkey in the Dutch Oven on the propane stove, then added all ingredients, mixed well, placed lid on top and moved pan to our “Dutch Oven shed” which was a hastily constructed cover on four legs. We put about 18 hot briquet’s under and about 8 on top and left it to cook for about 2 hours. Let me tell you… this was easy and yummy. We added potato rolls with butter and some of the kids crushed up some Lay’s (gluten free) chips. Some of the more advanced Dutch Oven users in our group (pretty much every woman but me) made desserts, lasagna and chicken pot pie in theirs. For our other meals, I stuck to old standbys using the propane stove. We had pancakes, sausage, eggs, french toast, & burgers.

Our dog was gifted with a new name, Avalanche (because isn’t one natural disaster as good as another?). He was a big, muddy mess by the time we loaded up to head home.

Earthquake, er um, Avalanche is worn out.

We had a couple families of bandits visiting our kabins. This family of four was a constant at our kabin and the one across the way where TeenGirl was bunking.

Coon Family… that Mama had to weigh more than my 3 year old.

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Wife to a teacher extraordinaire... Mama to Five littles... Conservative Catholic Christian with a Strong Environmentalist Mentality... Respecting Life... Living for our Savior... Learning to trust God in all things.
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2 Responses to Kamping Kabins with the Kids and A History Lesson or Two

  1. We stayed in the exact same cabin (not literally) on the opposite coast a couple of years ago. Exact same design.

    It was fun-ish, but the close quarters were challenging.

    Damn racoons!

  2. We survived the close quarters… but the first night I tried to convince hubs to move up to a kamping lodge (complete with bedroom, kitchen and private bath)… he was all for it until we discovered the price difference! The KL go for $187 a night! Yikers. Next time I’m getting a two room!

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