This past weekend we hosted our 7th Annual Geocachers Campout. This event is where I met many of my friends, years ago. I love this event, and for probably the first time in its history, we had great weather for it. save a few rain drops.
This year it seemed to take on a different meaning, and I don't know why. All I can think is that because we had a smaller group than we have in the past, we were able to get cozy around the campfire, toss back a few drinks (not enough to get hammered) and just...get to know each other more. And I freaking loved that. I learned a LOT about some of my very best friends that I hadn't even known yet. When all the "getting to know us" was done, it dawned on me that it had been sprinkling on us the entire time, and none of us even noticed. We were just that in-tune with each other, and that is pretty damn cool!
We ended the weekend by hosting a C.I.T.O. in the park, which is basically just a "geocacher volunteer day", where we donate our manual labor to the park, as a thank you for all they have done for geocaching. (www.geocaching.com) We spent our volunteer time clearing lanes for our upcoming Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Season. (www.projectowlnet.org) Today, Brad, Carl, Paul and I went back out and attached the nets to the poles. It's getting CLOSE! This means I need to catch up on my sleep now! I certainly won't get any after we begin. Owls fly at night, and we work during the day, so it's some long...sleepless months for us. (forgive my future grouchiness and temper tantrums!!!)
This weekend I go to Angola to visit with Brads mom for my early birthday lunch. I look forward to seeing her, she is one of the sweetest, kind hearted women I know. Then the following weekend I head right back there for a weekend with my friends, camping in Katie and Freds yard, and hopefully a bonfire with some more "getting to know us" chat sessions. It's how I will be celebrating my 6th Annual 29th Birthday, and I can't think of a better way to do it!
So...I don't know how much time I will have to blog the next few weeks, but I will try and sneak some time in there somewhere. Though, with the severe sleep deprivation, it might just be best I don't.
(Amber, why is it you choose to stay up all night and play with....owls? That's simple...who could resist this face?)
Fully grown Northern Saw-whet Owl
(photo copyright Amber Edwards)