Surviving at Buck’s Pocket

We really roughed it in the woods at Buck’s Pocket this weekend. We went camping, and I mean primitive camping. No running water, no bathrooms, and–the best part–no other people! (If you don’t count the 4WD vehicles roaring by on the dirt road above us in the middle of the night.) I guess I was feeling a little like a survivalist, so on the ride home I asked the kids what 5 things they would take with them if they had to live in a cave for a week.
1. video games (hey, it would be a great chance to get to play every day instead of Mondays only)
2. a bed
3. a chair
4. matches (that’s my boy)
5. food (kind of an afterthought)

1. a bed
2. a couch
3. a chair
4. food
5. scissors (easy to see her priorities: first, comfort and second, crafts)
We did have a very good little vacation, and it would have been perfect if we hadn’t had to put a two-year-old to bed in a tent. He was so excited that he just couldn’t calm down. He rolled around, threw himself on his brother and sister, and lost his blankie multiple times. When he finally was getting tired enough to go to sleep, everyone needed to go the bathroom again. Which brings me to the other part that kept the trip from being perfect: little girls and no bathrooms. I think we coped very well, although I will be a little less minimalist in packing extra pants next time. And I will definitely pack the toilet paper myself, as Nick seems to think a quarter of a roll is sufficient for a family of five.

The best part of our secluded campsite was the dry creek bed within 100 feet of it. The huge boulders made a fantastic playground for both kids and parents. We can’t wait to go back!


Like father…
…like son

6 thoughts on “Surviving at Buck’s Pocket

  • September 7, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    So cute!!!!! Love the camping!

    I took the little kid potty with us for the first couple of times camping and lined it with WalMart baggies for the #2 action. It worked pretty well and was much less messy!

  • September 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Good idea!

  • September 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Nice pictures 🙂 Is this place near where you live?

  • September 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    It’s about 80 miles from here, so it’s convenient. It seems like an overlooked treasure to us.

  • September 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    What a wonderful family time! Great, great place for kids and great memories for them. I love the father/son pictures–priceless.

  • September 8, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Oh yeah, to top it off, there was a stump of “lightered pine” about 15 feet from the fire ring. For those of you that didn’t grow up (or marry into) a timber-country family, that’s the heart of an old pine tree stump that’s full of sap. It’s where turpentine comes from. It’s hands-down nature’s best fire-starter. I just wonder how many people over the years have struggled lighting a campfire with that sticking out of the ground right behind them the whole time…

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