Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day Camp

Happy Father's Day!


This weekend we celebrated the greatest, the legendary, the awesomest of awesome dads at Natural Springs Resort in New Paris, Ohio. 

This weekend we let these dads work their asses off to set up camp so that we could show them how much they mean to us. It's the least we can do because in 1910, Sonora Smart, a woman who was raised by her father, heard about Mother's Day and thought it would be a good idea to celebrate fathers as well. She proposed this idea to her church. They were super supportive and decided to have a celebration. Sonora wanted to party hearty on June 5th, her father's birthday, but the pastors didn't have enough time to prepare the sermons. Everyone agreed the third Sunday in June would be better and viola! Father's Day was born! It took three presidents (and other members of Congress) to proclaim Father's Day a national holiday! And because it took a lot of work getting this day recognized, we let these dads work hard at relaxing this weekend! 

You're welcome dads!

Natural Springs Resort (NSR) is a wonderful family friendly campground about an hour west of us. They are situated on one of seven natural springs. Their campground is clean and offers lots of amenities for the kids.... which in turn is a gift to the dads, if you know what I mean. 

It is very rare to have both boys camping these days. Work, soccer, basketball...just life in general seems to get in the way. This weekend the stars aligned and we were able to have one night without interruptions. 


Camping this weekend was much of the usual. Laughing, eating, and just the right amount of shenanigans. For example, tree climbing. 

This was sometime around or after midnight and I dared Dan to climb these trees, like we did when we were younger and bored and standing within a door jam and thinking, "I can climb this", and then our dads called us idiots and yelled at us to get down before our mother saw us. There is a kid in all of us and Dan's inner child is still an annoying 10 year old looking for adventure. 

In addition to tree climbing, the dads enjoyed a little ping pong.  


Please don't confuse our camp toys with a lack of campground activities. There is much to do at NSR. My favorite was:


The weather was perfect and this campground has a very clean beach and lake, as well as a heated pool full of chemicals for those who find comfort in chemicals and a clear view of the bottom. 


If you are planning a trip to NSR here is a friendly tip. Make sure you get to the beach early to secure chairs because it fills up quick. 


Don't forget your beach toys! We built Father's Day castles, complete with a mote, and because we love our daddy's so much we even brought a little sand back to the campers. 


Someone remind me to get a Lifeproof phone case because this is a crappy picture of the best part of the weekend. Thanks dads, for blowing up all of these rafts. Another reason we are members of the Father's Day Camp Club. 


Hey dads, we care about you and your relaxation this weekend. So we are going to do you a favor and rent golf carts, with your money, so that you don't have to do too much walking. And while we are add it, we are just going to use it to cruise around the campground which means you might have to actually walk to the beach every now and then. But if you think about it, it's really good exercise and we care about your health. 


Remember when you were nine and could drive? Me neither, but it's Father's Day so the dads get to call all of the shots! Like climbing trees and letting children drive. 

There's no age limit on Father's Day. Nope. Because when daddy was a kid, "Hell, I was driving when I was six. Yep, my dad told me to get the hell out of the house and I did exactly that. No one cared about us in those days. We were just kids and we turned out just fine."


Now for a few more Golf Cart Fun Shots:




As usual, the best times happen around the table and camping is no exception. Whether you are with family or friends, or lucky for me- both, good food and good conversation go hand and hand. 


All of these men have proven time and time again that family is always first and even when we are a pain in their ass, there is nothing they won't do for us. 

Father's Day Camp was a success. These kids are pretty lucky. 


To Camper Dan,

Happy Father's Day. 


1 comment:

  1. Nice write up! Looks like u all had a blast