What a wonderful 2 days we had March 13-14 for our fundraiser campout! We had over 30 persons attend the event, many 1st time campers. Upon arriving Friday Jeanene quickly began setting up tents to accommodate the many campers. After setting up nearly ten tents Tara arrives and they started on getting dinner on the fire. The menu Friday evening consisted of Wild hog stew, hot dogs and Manwiches. This hearty dinner was followed by a super Peach Cobbler made in the Dutch oven.
The campers started arriving, as Jeanene and Tara started getting them all settled Glenda got to feeding and settling in the horses for the evening. Soon after introductions were made dinner was served. We had 2 groups of campers that had just found out about the event that day and had never camped before. We had families and couples and a few single moms and kids. What is so great is how everyone got along right from the start! Soon we were all enjoying peach cobbler and marshmallows around the campfire. It was midnight before everyone was all tucked in their sleeping bags. There were a few gentle raindrops that fell and Eeyore the donkey gently bayed us to sleep.
Morning light was still an hour away and Jeanene was up starting the coals to make cinnamon rolls and biscuits in the Dutch ovens. We enjoyed biscuits and sausage gravy, breakfast and the sweet cinnamon rolls. There were also muffins, donuts, juice and fruit. After breakfast for the campers and the horses, it was time to muck the stalls and start teaching everyone what it took to keep the farm running on a day to day basis. We were all then lead on a morning hike and learned a lot of interesting tips on flora and fauna, etc. It was so nice to walk around the forest with the horses grazing on bits and pieces of grass in the cool shade.
As afternoon was approaching all the farms volunteers were busy saddling up the horses and getting them ready for the trails. Many of the campers had never been around horses or even thought of riding them. Pretty soon nearly everyone had a been on a ride. We took lots of photos and the horses were given so much love and attention. Apples and carrots followed the rides as well as hay and grooming. The horses were the hit of the party and were well rewarded for their work.
Jeanene and Jeff had been getting everything ready to start the outdoor cooking class while the horses were being settled in and pretty soon most of the campers were smelling the aroma of dump cake and pizza coming from that direction. Fishing and rafting helped us all work off our lunch and soon everyone was packing up for home. All of us sat around for over an hour in the shade of the big oak in the drive, talking about our adventures and what we all learned. What a shame it would be to loose such a wonderful outdoor retreat right here in the middle of Carrollwood.