Just so we don't look like The Three Stooges Go Camping, The Boy and I practiced pitching the new tent down by the swings. All went smoothly and we both swiped our Man Cards after wrapping up.
Been promising the kids for years that I'd make them a drinking fountain for those scalding summer days. Now that Jake is done with junior high, voila! The greenery you see, Gentle Reader, is a California Pepper Tree that was grown from seeds the kids gathered when they were quite small. All California Pepper trees are descended from this one.
The fountain sits behind a retaining wall where the water is piped through a ceramic pot at ordinary drinking fountain level. The design is such that an ordinary grade school hooligan cannot clog it up with a well-chewed stick of Juicy Fruit. Guaranteed. Or so the instructions said.