(Note: This is a guest post by El Cajon Daddy!)
I have to admit that I was feeling really lazy when I awoke this past Sunday. It had been a long work week, we had been out late at the drive-in movie theater the night before (The Avengers was awesome!), and I just wanted to turn over and return to my slumber. But then I remembered something: We were going to YMCA's Camp Marston for Family Fun Day--an open house of sorts that allows families to explore all of the wonderful activities the camp has to offer to kids and teens during the summer. I drank a couple cups of coffee to wake up then got ready to head out with El Cajon Mama and the kids.
As we made the hour-or-so drive to Camp Marston, the familiar sights along the way quickly brought back wonderful memories of our family's time together at Halloween Family Camp the past few years. Halloween won't ever seem the same unless we are shooting arrows on the archery range, canoeing out on Lake Jessop, and taking hikes with Program Director (and all-around good guy) Simon Hansen. Halloween Camp is something we now eagerly look forward to each year, and the inviting atmosphere and friendly staff members have always made us feel like we are a part of the Camp Marston family.
We passed by the camp's famous juggernaut of a climbing wall. However, given our son's urgency to get his hands on a bow and arrows, there was no time to dilly-dally. Besides, given that we had just filled our tummies with cookies, it was probably a good idea we chose to skip the wall for the day. I have a feeling El Cajon Mama will scale to the top this upcoming Halloween--something she's done for two years running.
One of the coolest new additions to Camp Marston since the last time we visited is a slingshot range where you can fire paintballs at targets. If you weren't careful and pinched your painball too tightly, it would explode as you released it. I saw a couple kids get splattered with paint, but I'm happy to report we remained unscathed.
My wife isn't a fan of tetherball, but that's likely because she's rather short. For those of us who fell into the "tall kids" category in elementary school, tetherball was one game in which our height definitely gave us an advantage. Short people just can't compete when it comes to playing against tall folks. I witnessed a fellow dad quickly claim victory over his son in a "friendly" game of tetherball, which is no surprise given that he had a good couple of feet on the kid. I decided not to dish out the same type of humiliation for my boy, so I let him enjoy playing tetherball on his own. He mainly did karate chops as the ball came toward him. Hi-yah!
There is a small wading pool of sorts near the climbing wall that our kids fell in love with because they were able to play with toy boats. You would think that something so similar to their usual bathtime activities wouldn't be so exciting, but racing those little boats around may have been their favorite thing at Family Fun Day. It's like when kids get an amazing toy for Christmas and just want to play with the box. Oh, and speaking of bathtime, our daughter almost took a spill into the pool on a couple occasions as she reached for the boats, but we caught her in time. One of the other kids wasn't so lucky, and he was thoroughly soaked after taking an unexpected dip into the little pool.
As we were driving away, our son and daughter both waved goodbye. We asked them if they were looking forward to returning at Halloween and they both answered with an affirmative. Within minutes the two of them were sleeping, surely dreaming of the happy afternoon they had enjoyed at Family Fun Day. Thank you to Camp Marston for hosting such a wonderful event!