Archer Vly Again

Posted on 27 Sep 2022 by Steve Markham

Lewis, Adele, and I decided to take a chance on the rain forecast Sunday night into Monday (no school for Rosh Hoshanah). We got dumped on, but camping is super fun so of course we still had a good time.

I’ve been to Archer Vly a couple times already this year, but it’s a short drive and an even shorter hike, so it’s easy to convince kiddies to come with, even with a chance of getting wet. It started raining while we drove up, and at one point was really coming down, wipers going full speed, but there was a break in the rain a few minutes after we parked.

Lewis and Adele had light packs and were moving pretty well, so when it started drizzling again I went jogging ahead and set up the tarp for them to wait under when they got to our site. We had pack covers but no real rain gear, so it was important to get under something waterproof ASAP.

We were at site #1 this time instead of the usual #3, because, you know, it was raining on us
We were at site #1 this time instead of the usual #3, because, you know, it was raining on us

I set up their tent under the tarp, then moved it into the middle of the ten spot and repositioned my tarp. They stayed dry, despite not having ponchos.

Alfredo chicken with carrots for dinner
Alfredo chicken with carrots for dinner
Graham-less, smokeless s'mores for dessert
Graham-less, smokeless s'mores for dessert

I had download a new ebook before we left, so after dinner I read many chapters of The Loser’s Club to them until Adele was drowsy. Not a peep out of them all night:) I set up my hammock and slept like a baby, too.

Lewis and I were the first ones up. He needed help getting his boots on without dumping lots of water from the fly into the tent. After we did our business we went back to bed, but I woke not too long after when my alarm went off. Time to pick up Kyle from seminary (not!) and there was no going back to sleep after that since it was getting light out.

Breakfast was pancakes and sausage
Breakfast was pancakes and sausage

Eventually Adele got up, too, and we heated up the sausage.

It was dry all morning, except when a breeze knocked water out of the trees
It was dry all morning, except when a breeze knocked water out of the trees

We explored a little, read a bunch more of our book, and hiked out in two trips (so that I didn’t have to pack up a wet tent fly, nor do the dishes).

Adele says that Lewis makes a good blanket, and Lewis says that Adele makes a good chair
Adele says that Lewis makes a good blanket, and Lewis says that Adele makes a good chair

This trip makes 33 nights on the year. Pretty quiet year, compared to the last couple, but it’s leaf peeping season so hopefully I’ll get a few more nights in before it turns cold.