Our family loved to camp and we would go out a lot during the summer months. Our favorite place to go was Quartz and Crescent Creek Campgrounds. We would go out rain or shine. Mom, dad and Kevin loved to fish but I found it very frustrating as I didn’t have the patience. As a teenage girl, I couldn't figure out where the fun was in standing on the side of a river, waiting for a fish to jump up and take my bait. But there must be something about fishing because so many people liked to do it. My mom and dad loved to fish and it was rare if my mom didn't come back with a bunch she had caught. So I decided that there was only one way to find out what they saw in this sport and that was to join them. Before I left Alaska, I was going to catch a fish, no matter how long it took. So I got my rod and headed down to the creek.
I have to say, it is not something that I would seek out to do now but the thrill of the catch was pretty exciting. I got a bite and fought my catch for a little while and reeled in my prize. I had caught a 22 inch Dolly Varden trout. After that day, I never caught another one near that size but I was happy I had finally seen what everyone loved about fishing.
There were a lot of girls in the families we camped with, so we would get together in one of the trailers and play Canasta for hours. Or we would take hikes, never straying far from camp. We didn't want to run up on any bears.
We had awnings that we would put up over the picnic tables so we could eat outside, even if it rained. Mom cooked a lot of our meals right on the campfire. We had a big piece of stainless steel, that was about the size of the fire pit and we would cook pancakes, bacon, eggs, hamburgers, etc. on it. Some of the best eating came off that big old piece of seasoned metal.
During the cold months, we didn't camp much but that didn't stop us from being outside, enjoying different activities. It was not unusual for us to get a bunch of families together and go out to the Rec Area, on base, for sledding or snowmobiling. We would build a fire outdoors and we might cook hot dogs or other things for lunch and would use it for warmth too. We always had so much fun on those outings.
|Our family in Alaska the second time.|
|The soda machine we worked so hard to get. |
Someone, when signing my yearbook,
wrote in the "Beer" as a joke. (1)
Today's Terri's Tidbit: I love doing genealogy and I follow a lot of other genealogists and their blogs. One of them is Jana Iverson Last and her blog Jana's Genealogy and Family History. Recently she posted the cutest video that I thought was worth sharing. Watch "Grandparent's Little Secrets", from Studio C, by clicking here. Do you have a skeleton or two in your family history closet?
(1) 1973 Arctic Highlights Yearbook, Orion Jr. High School, Elmendorf AFB, pg. 7