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“You should’ve seen it in color” – Picture 13

Picture 13

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The obvious:
This is a picture of my Mom and Keith’s camper and camp site.

What you can’t see:
It is Memorial Day weekend in 2008. We are all camping at Potato Creek State Park in Indiana. A huge group of my family and friends (who call themselves “The 2nd Generation Camping Club” – my grandparents were the 1st generation) are gathered at this Indiana state park to camp, hike, fish, kayak and watch the Indy 500 together. Mark and I are not part of the club, but my parents invited us to visit and stay with them for one of the nights. Their camper comfortably sleeps up to 8, and that day, it did.

Some memorable parts of the camping trip…

My younger cousin, Ben, drove me somewhere for the first time. Still freaks me out; I think of him as so little and now he’s engaged!

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Cassie and Tori went kayaking. We couldn’t find them on the lake for a while and were freaking out they fell in or something.

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Madison showed us her “Atlas” pose.

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Phillip almost got stuck in a tree while rescuing our kickball.

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We learned Keith’s version of camping involves his XBox.

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We watched National Treasure 2.

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We picked Indy 500 drivers for the race.

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We all got major sunburns while we were watching the race, even though it was a bit overcast.

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And most importantly we got to spend a bunch of quality time together.

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I know I cheated by including all these pictures in color in a “You Should’ve Seen It In Color” post, but I make the rules here, right?

How this picture makes me feel:
Nostalgic. Some of my earliest memories are of family camping trips to state parks around the Midwest and my Grandma and Grandpa’s farm in Eminence, Indiana.

I love the smell of camp fire. The crunch of leaves and sticks on a hike. The warm sun on my face while I’m fishing. Burning my tongue on homemade donuts. (I’m not patient enough to wait for them to cool, obviously.) Sharing stories around the campfire. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to go camping once or twice this year!

Is this your first time reading one of my “You should’ve seen it in color” picture series posts? Get the background about how they started in the first post.

*Title of this blog article is a line from “In Color” by Jamey Johnson. Buy it here!

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