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FAMILY FAMILY FAMILY FAMILY Camping by Gabriel A. Fraire ~

Healdsburg, CA. ~ As a child I only remember going camping twice. Once with the Boy Scouts and once when my family took a trip to Washington D.C. There were so many peo- ple at the D.C. campground we had to share tent pegs with the tent next to ours.

My wife grew

up camping. It was a fun activ- ity her family did most sum- mers.

When our

children were young we took them camping often. A few times they even had birthday parties out at the coast, some- times with sleepovers that involved camping. The girls,

and their friends, loved it. One time while my daughters and friends were all seated around the campfi re laughing and talking my wife inter- rupted them and said, “Girls be quiet and slowly get into the van.” Some of


girls started to ask ques- tions

but my

wife was swift in silencing them. “Inside quickly and I’ll


The girls, all well-behaved,

did as asked and piled into the van. Then my wife said, as she pointed to a tree just behind where the girls had been sitting, “Look there.” It was a very larage skunk look-


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ing right back at us. The girls squealed. The skunk just looked as us and ambled away. As we sat in the van looking in the direction in which the skunk ambled we could see the campfi re of the next set of campers. Sure enough in a few min- utes we heard a large amount of screaming and hollering. A few minutes later in the next camp site down the road more of the same. We sat there and listened as each camp site along the skunk path would break out in screams and hollers. The girls all looked at each other with big eyes smiling. Then one of the girls said, “That skunk sure knows how to make and entrance.” Then another girl piped in, “And we know how to make an exit.”

Gabriel A. Fraire has been a writer more than 45 years. He has written

fi ction and non-fi ction books, plays, poems, music lyrics, and news articles.

But, he writes about his children

exclusively for the Upbeat Times.

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