May 21, 2011
Another year well spent, 32 you served me well, and now it's on to 33.
To celebrate another year of fantastic living a small group of friends joined me for a Birthday campfire and campout at Lake Chabot. Devo and I were the first to arrive so after finding our campsite and dropping off way too much gear for an overnight, we made our way down to the lake and took a look around. Lake Chabot is another fine example of how much the Bay Area has to offer in terms of nature and miles upon miles of trail.
As the rest of the crew trickled in we celebrated with Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer and munched on many tasty snacks. Devin whittled a stick.
Once everyone had arrived we got the fire going and cooked veggie brats, veggie burgers, and grilled vegetables. Once sufficiently stuffed, we continued to eat by indulging in S'mores as well as homemade vegan chocolate cake, compliments of Jeremy, Elaine and Zacky!
As the evening drew to a close, we scared off the bold raccoons, put most of our gear back in the cars, and pulled on our long-johns for a cool night's sleep. The morning brought 12 kinds of vegan cinnamon rolls, (Yea Cinnaholic!!) and three styles of coffee (again, WAY too much gear for an overnight).
Not to go unmentioned is the fact that this overnight was the Amazing Zacky's FIRST CAMPING TRIP! Yahoo!! He did wonderfully, despite having an upset tummy, and even was a trooper the next morning when we took him on a long hike on the other side of the lake! Yea Zacky!
A wonderful way to spend a birthday, if I do say so myself.
Thanks to my friends and family for all the love, presents, and presence.