18th ADP Fall Gathering
This was the 18th Annual ADP Fall Gathering! And what a great weekend it was weather wise. Not a drop of rain for the whole weekend.
This year the gathering was held at Tracy Ridge Campgrounds, a very nice camping area that used be on the chopping block, and schedualed be closed.
Some of us arrived on Friday afternoon to set up the camp.
There were plenty of tables and awnings to set up, as well as the wash station, and cooking stoves. This year we were fortunate enough to have a vault toilet near-by.
Friday during the day
Just arrived and started building camp
Friday night we pretty much stuck around the camp, and had a real fun campfire. We ended up doing two music shows! Frist Christine and I did our set of folk/environmental songs, then we did them again when Denise arrived. It was a lot fun both times!
Christine and I doing "Pay me my money down" ...... "Someday we'll all drive fracking trucks .... we'll all have jobs that REALLY suck"!
We turned in pretty Friday evening after a great dinner, some fun music and great conversations around the campfire!
Saturday Morning HikeSaturday moring Cathy led an "environmental hike", while I led a very short, relaxed, scenic hike among giant rocks, caves, and crevaces.
Saturday after the hikes
Mary and Bill really outdid themselves again this year .... as they always do! Great food and a real great setup!
I did a head count Saturday evening around dinner and counted 35 people in camp, but more people showed up after dinner Saturday, and as always there were people coming and going. I believe we may have had up to about 45 different people who stopped by during the weekend. All in all a great turnout!
Christine and I preform Saturday evening
My Sunday morning "bath hike"
By Sunday morning I hadn't had a bath or shower in TWO DAYS! I set out on an eight mile hike to find a reported waterfalls that somebody said "you could shower under". Turns out the creek was dry, and it was the wrong creek anyhow! So I found a remote, private cove and took a bath! Just like the indians used to do, with clean water and hand fulls of sand from the bottom!
Here is where you can see my Youtube video of my swim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykBckvx4J0o
After our short Sunday morning hike, and a really great lunch, we started breaking down camp and everybody started leaving.
As always, Bill and Mary did way beyond their share of the work! Everybody did pitch in, but Bill and Mary were working constantly throughout the weekend.
It's so sad when we have to leave camp! But all great things must come to an end!
A very big thanks to Bill and Mary, and thanks to everybody else who came out, and helped make this one of the best ADP Fall Gatherings ever!
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