Here are a few things to know for 2016.
Wedding - The wedding takes place on Saturday, August 6. I suspect the ceremony will start around 5:00 p.m. Colestin time, which is, as we all know, fluid. This is definitely not a black tie affair; the mother of the bride may wear tie dye. Be sure to complete your ensemble with comfortable shoes. I also suspect that the ceremony will be short and sweet. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you don't know the bride and groom.
Weather - It is hotter than the hinges of hell in southern Oregon this week. The long range forecast shows no rain, but a slight cool down in temps, which would be a blessing.
Fire - With this hot weather, the fire danger is extreme. I'm sorry to say that we will NOT have a campfire this year, it's too dangerous. Scoutmaster Sequoia will make a game day decision about rigging up some kind of contained burner.
Road Work. The I-5 overpass in Hilt is under construction. It was supposed to done by August 5th, but that seems doubtful. Thus far, they have only closed one side of the overpass at a time. If the construction isn't finished, you may possibly have to take one of these two detours:
- I-5 south from Ashland, take the Bailey Hill Road exit, 3 miles south of Hilt. Cross the freeway and take the I-5 north entrance. Adds 5-10 minutes to the trip.
- I-5 north from California, take the Siskiyou Summit exit, one mile north of Hilt. Make a U-turn and return back across the freeway onto I-5 south. Adds 5-10 minutes to the trip. NOTE: The official detour sign directs you to the Mt. Ashland Ski Road, 5 miles north of Hilt. Siskiyou Summit is the "locals only" shortcut and much faster.
Food - We will grill a large fish on Friday and red meat on Saturday, make a big salad, and buy a keg. The bride has requested Lowell's Tangy Noodles. Contributions of meats, salads, sides, bread, corn, potatoes, fruit, desserts, hot dishes, cold dishes and drinks are greatly appreciated. We can always use more ice. Charcoal grills and a propane burner will be available. There is usually too much food.
The Usual - Come for a couple of hours or stay the whole weekend. Family, friends, kids and dogs all welcome. Breakfast and lunch are on your own, potluck dinner is served around 7:00. Disc golf usually tees off around 10 a.m. We play music all hours of the day and night, bring an instrument and sing along. There is an outhouse near the meadow and indoor plumbing at the house, about a 10 minute walk up the hill. Expect bugs, snakes, stickers and cold nights. Smokers, please be extremely careful with your butts! Finally, and most importantly, D.I.Y.
Colestine or Colestin? Both are correct. I use them interchangeably just to keep y'all on your toes.
Surely I'm forgetting something. Camp Out vets, weigh in if you think of anything.
Mazel tov campers!