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Camping With My Dad's Family In Indiana

2888 words - 12 pages

For the last thirteen summers, my dad and I have made our annual expedition to Versailles, Indiana, for a week, so that we can go camping with my dad’s three brothers, cousins, and their children, which is about 20 Graver men in all, at the same camp site that holds so many memories of years past events, and soon to be events. When we camp there are three procedures that we follow: we eat when we are hungry, we sleep when we are tired, and we must be at the campground pool at 11:00 a.m., so we can be in our traditional location. If we are not at the pool or the campsite, then we are riding our bikes around the campground, enjoying God’s art and handiwork. This is the shortest week out of the entire year, but by far the most enjoyable week, just because it is the only time of the year that I get to see my dad’s side of the family. The trip on the way to Indiana is high spirited, while the trip on the way back is heartbreaking. While some people dream about living in or creating a utopian society, we live in a utopian society for one week, if you want to know how this is possible, just continue to read the essay.
Now while some might think that preparing for a seven day camping expedition might be complicated, it is actually quite the contrary. Because of the male dominance and high levels of testosterone present while camping, we do not have to pack seven different outfits; instead we pack three or four because we can wear the same thing two days in a row, at odds with modern belief today. Next on our list is to get my dad’s 1998 Ford Windstar serviced to make sure that it will transport us our desired destination, because it would be catastrophic if we did not make it. As was almost the case on year when we had van trouble, fortunately we were able to have the van repaired in a couple of hours. To make sure that we do not resort to cannibalism on the way up, we stop at Wal-Mart and pick up some food stuffs to sustain on our journey. We then proceed to Indiana, once our three tasks are completed. To make sure that we are mentally prepared, we sing the following, “Oh Indiana, Oh Indiana, Oh Indiana we’re all for you. We will fight for the Cream and Crimson, and the glory of Old IU. Never daunted, we cannot falter in the battle, we’re tried and true. Indiana, Our Indiana, Indiana, we’re all for you!”
The driving portion of the trip is boring and nothing really happens except for the fact that we travel over 580 miles, while battling vehicles of all different shapes, sizes, and color; so I will just skip it and move on to the actual camping element. When we arrive at the entrance of Versailles State Park and see the grass that was cut by the female chain gang the previous day (not a sexist statement, but we really saw a female chain gang a year ago doing the landscaping), the gentle swaying of the trees in the soft breeze, and the fact that our hearts are telling us that we have arrived to the only utopia on the face of the earth, my dad and I know...

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