Field Report: Our Feather River Camping Trip 2009


We just got back from 8 days of Northern California bliss with some of the most fun and fantastic Bay Area folks who all had the same vacation idea: Feather River Camp!


Each year, I meet up with the self titled “Stumpers”. We converge on the camp’s Folk Dance Week theme, and are notorious for our daily all-inclusive Happy Hour, around a big old stump that doubles as a lounge table. Evan and Willa, our resident bards, came up with a theme song some years back (“Here at Feather River!”) that celebrates the camp, our group, and the City of Oakland — and each year they add a new, clever verse that summarizes the peculiarities of each session.


I have to admit, Folk Dance Week at Feather River took this Oakland girl some getting used to years ago, but once I realized all the dances were some form or another of the “Electric Slide” and when they added the “Cupid Shuffle” to the mix in 2007, I was hooked!


For the novice camper, this is your kind of place. You don’t have to bring a tent because you can choose from a sturdy canvas covered tent like this:

–or a wooden cabin with electricity!

I attempted to pen down some highlights while I was at camp, but whenever I tried to sit down and write, I was either whisked away for the next dance or was too zoned out in a wilderness induced stupor. But there are some moments I’ll never forget:

— Playing Disco B-I-N-G-O with my youngest. In our camp’s version, each time your number is called, you have to get up and do a 70’s jig, like “The Hustle” or “The Bump“!

Look at mama work it!


–Meeting new families; learning and laughing about how much we had in common with one another


— The whole dining hall singling Happy Birthday to my little guy and how proud he looked to be turning 6

— Watching my kids play with friends old and new in the freedom and dirt of the outdoors


— Tubing with my 7 year-old daughter down a gentle river, surrounded by austere forests on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon

— Having a late night heart-to-heart chat with my 12-year old by lamplight — and he was actually listening!

It has taken me a few days to get on track with the Bay Area schedule, but I am still basking in the rewards of our time away that was a gift that keeps promoting peace, connectedness, and love for my family and community through nature.

Photos Courtesy of Jon Borchardt
…who also makes terrific Margaritas!

8 Thoughts on “Field Report: Our Feather River Camping Trip 2009”

  • Hi. I have a blog at http://www.picturecamping.com where I feature people's posts about camping, and I would like to send my readers your way. Of course I would give you credit for quotes and would link back to your site.

    Thanks for considering this,

    Jean B. in SC

  • I love it! Looks like you had a wonderful trip… aw shucks, The Cupid Shuffle out in the woods? WHAT?! And you were working that Bingo dance!!!

    One of these days, I'm going to try tubing… I was always afraid they would lead us over some crazy waterfall, but your tubing adventure looks relatively tame.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Go head auntie!! This is your nephew Phil. Antoine and Christie are planning on visiting Bar 707 ranch the weekend before the wedding. I might go with him, and if I do I will be sure to take pics for your webpage. Keep up the great work!

  • Hey Rulette!
    Didn’t I go to this camp with you when we were kids? AWW man, that took me back!
    Nice to see you.
    Good website.
    Theresa

    • You sure did Theresa! How are you? You should definitely revisit the camp as an adult — it’s still such a sweet place!

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