Out West (2015)

Fresno, California

We took four days to drive from Powell, Wyoming to Fresno, California (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and most of Saturday). During those four days we drove through Idaho, went to Carson City, saw Lake Tahoe, and spent a night in Folsom just outside of Sacramento.

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After visiting Folsom Prison we drove about three hours to the home we would be staying at in Fresno. We arrived around 5:00 and, after unpacking, Haydn, Ansa, and I went swimming with our host’s two boys, Gideon and Luke. After a delicious dinner of pork chops the kids settled down and watched episode 2×01 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and then went to bed.

Sunday morning we attended Harvest Bible Chapel Fresno. That afternoon we chilled at their house doing various things.

Monday afternoon we left to go camping with the Dosti family (our hosts), and a couple other families from their church, at Camp Edison which is about an hour and 15 minutes from Fresno. After settling into a tent that was generously provided for us by a couple from Harvest Bible Chapel Fresno, Dad, Haydn, Gideon, Ansa, Luke, and I set out to find the lake. We did not know where we were in the campsite but, after looking at a map, we discovered that the lake was just North of us. So I opened the compass app on Mom’s phone and we all began walking North. We found the lake after a short stroll and were able to make our way back to camp before dinner was ready.

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After a good meal of cheeseburgers, the kids and I set out to find something to do. The boys got together and began playing with the lightsabers Gideon and Luke brought while I ended up playing with the younger girls, after realizing that I was the only teen girl in camp. We played until it began to get dark and then we got busy on the task of building a fire to roast marshmallows. Once everyone had had their share of S’mores, we all gathered around the fire and sang some songs before pulling out our PJs and toothbrushes.

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I’m not sure if I like or dislike the fact that on the west coast the sun rises at like 5:00 AM. Yes it gets you up earlier but, because of it you can not sleep in. When I woke up Monday morning I stayed in my bed until I was pretty sure it was around 10:00 AM. I got dressed only to check the clock and find out that it was 7:30 AM.

After breakfast the girls and I went down the hill to play family. I made a broom out of a limb, some rope, and some branches off a nearby tree so that I could sweep away the pine needles covering the forest floor. After noting the many good size rocks around us, I suggested to the girls that we build a house. They were all very enthusiastic and we began right away. Since I was the only teenage girl (everyone else was 10 and under) I was the strongest so my job automatically became hauling the larger rocks to our building site with nothing but my bare hands. It was not an easy job, and my poor hands suffered badly but, I did not want to disappoint the girls so I worked along side them until we were told that it was time to go to the lake.

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We spent the rest of the day swimming and then enjoyed the evening filling our bellies with food from the big potluck dinner.

Wednesday morning we played with the others, packed up, and cleaned up. Just before we left Ansa and I held baby Lincoln (one of the babies in camp) for the last time. Around lunch with left with the Dosti family.

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The rest of the day we spent chilling at the Dosti’s house. Thursday morning we packed the van and left Fresno that afternoon.

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2 thoughts on “Fresno, California

  1. Tristen
    You certainly are having a grand time. It will be great when you get back home and we can hear more of the details.
    Grandpa

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