Halloween Festivities 2011
This year the Halloween festivities got spread out over a few weeks. After last years freezing temperatures, and creepy last day of camping we decided to do the camping tradition a few weeks early. It was also a chance to try out the new tent I bought, a Big Agnes: Big House 4. UPGRADE!
The only problem was that it was totes cold out when we arrived, and extremely windy. The wife bundled up so she could read her book whilst I set up the rest of camp. It was cold enough that the campground hosts took a bit of pity on us (despite our having a catalytic heater and being just fine) and gave us a bunch of fire wood. I am not one to say no to free lumber, one of the many life lessons I learned from Settlers of Catan.
My dog (now 2 years old!) came along with us… he has not fully mastered the concept of using the blanket we put down for him.
With the weather calmed down a bit on the next day, we were able to put up the tents vestibule. UPGRADE!
This particular park we stayed at is more geared towards the boating crowd. It has a large lake (this is just a portion of it) and a marina with a restaurant and what not. We did not eat at the marina restaurant.. being the off-season we didn't really trust how fresh their food might be. But we did get some more firewood and soda at the marina shop. @nimasprout didn't like it, it smelled of gasoline and bait.
The main activity of the day was reading and pumpkin carving.
The first time I carved a pumpkin I was in the Tiger Cubs (entry level boy scouts) it was such a thrilling experience I don't think I will ever forget it and my love of pumpkin carving has never really waned.
I appear to have forgotten part of my pumpkins mouth.
That's better. Protip: If it is warm enough that insects are still active a citronella candle is great to light up your pumpkin and provide your campground with some insect relief.
@Nimasprout's pumpkin turned out a bit dap (as designed) and did not have a citronella candle, within minutes it had more life teaming within it then a whale fall.
After carving pumpkins it was time to relax a bit. The new tent has a little plastic sun roof in the rain-fly it is really neat at night to watch the stars through it. UPGRADE!
Then it was time for dinner. It was windy yet again so I had an improvised kitchen.
Then it was time to light the Jack-o-lanterns.
Watch the sunset.
Roast some potatoes on the fire.
And take a few more Jack-o-lantern photos.
And then time to bed down. I had put my camera away at this point and ended up using one that took fairly grainy night photos. I decide to run this through illustrator because I liked the composition, just not the grain and was happy with the result.
TWO WEEKS LATER…
Yup more Jack-o-lanterns. This time from the ones we got from the pumpkin patch back at the end of September.
I really need to get some professional pumpkin carving tools… I broke both saws trying to carve my Poe and Lantern and was unhappy with the result. @Nimasprout used her woodcarving tools to do a surface carve that turned out really nice. I am thinking that might be the way to go next year.
All lit up.
We added them to our already elaborate (for an apartment patio) decorations and called it a day.
Finished patio. Yes that is three different kinds of halloween lights.. and you can't really see the Halloween door mats… or hear Monster Mash blaring in the background.. but you get the idea.
On Halloween proper I ended up watching the classic "Disney Halloween Treat" on youtube and cranking out the final story in season one of Beard the Immortal. I tweet about the project frequently, but haven't really written a blog article about it. I imagine I will have too soon.. there is fun stuff ahead.
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