Sunday, June 5, 2011

Father-Son Retreat

Over Memorial day weekend, Sam and I got to spend some quality bonding time in the mountains outside Park City. We slept in a gorgeous cabin at Big Canyon Ranch and spent our days playing paintball, swinging from trees, crafting spacecraft. Some real adventure time without girls there to ruin the fun.

Sam: I think one of my favorite things was the swing. The swing structure was about 50 feet tall and we went about 40 feet high when we swung. We were released from the top of the tower and were swung only about ten feet from the ground.

Sam gets ready in his harness.

And GO!

Super fun swing time.

Sam : I believe rocket making was extremely fun. Even though our rocket was a spectacular failure, I went running for cover. But our rocket WAS second closest to the launch pad. We also got an award for most horizontal rocket.

Steve : I'm pretty sure that our takeoff caused the most high pitched screaming of all the failures that weekend. About half of the father-son creations went into the air. It was the best camp crafts project I've ever done by far. Sure beats glitter and popsicle sticks. Or painting rocks.

Sam instructs Dad on the finer points of rocket construction.

Dad watches as Sam wires the Unbeatable.

3, 2, 1, and...


Houston, we have a problem.

Sam: At this camp, we discovered a game called Quarto. In it, no two pieces are the same and you hand your opponent the piece that they will use. It was raining a lot over the weekend so we got to play boardgames often. We also played in the Octagon of Doom. A.K.A. Gaga Ball pit. The game consists of 3-25 people and they hit a ball with their hands and if they hit it out of the pit, they are out. Also, if the ball hits you below the waist you are out. And if you hit the ball twice before it hits the wall you are out.

Friends Devin and his Dad Dan play with foam swords in the Octagon of Doom.

Sam plays Quarto against worthy foe, Weston.

Steve: Oh yeah, and there was plenty of time for us to crack open our bibles for some study time together. What a great way for the two of us to start the summer holidays.

Thanks Big Canyon Ranch. We'll be back next year.

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