Because You Couldn’t Make It to Camp Tipsy…

5 days with friends in a watery maker's heaven

Because you couldn’t make it to Camp Tipsy, I’m bringing it to you here in this post.

Camp Tipsy:

Camp Tipsy is sort of like a Burning Man for kids? But it’s not only for kids. So maybe it’s better to say it’s like Burning Man in it’s  make-it mindedness and art-centricity, but it’s not all enormous and corporate. It’s small, friendly and with funk.

It was Nieves‘ idea to go (and in putting Nieves’ link there, I visited her site and got REALLY distracted) and my friend Brianna & I hopped on board. Literally.

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I’ll admit that I was a little nervous about this trip because something like 7 hour drive each way + 5 days + new friends + MY KIDS + ME + heat + bugs + TENT CAMPING could very well equal some rabid mouth froth, running away and screaming.

But what can I say? Sometimes I guess I just have to jump and hope the net of the friendship is strong enough.

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He lost another tooth!

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Meriah Nichols Camp Tipsy-90There were some tears. The kids were, well, kids.

My camera was stolen and returned by contrite and caught teenagers. 
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nap time
nap time

And there was a hell of a lot of laughter, languid lounging, “juicing” and sunscreen applications.

Meriah Nichols Camp Tipsy-82Speaking of sunscreen: Nieves introduced me to this TINTED mineral sunscreen that looks awesome – it’s called Kabana and it does a sweet job of making your skin look even more awesome. She said that it looks good on dark skin too (well, better than the white zinc stuff anyway).

Meriah Nichols Camp Tipsy-52Nieves’ husband Dan is a musician. He brought his instruments and played for hours.

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He even moved his bass down by the water and played while keeping an eye on all the kids. What a guy…

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“Answer our riddle and you can cross! And if you can’t, we squirt you with water!”

I think that’s when I really admired the people from Camp Tipsy. I loved how easy going everyone was in trying to answer those riddles, and about getting squirted with water.

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A lot of people got squirted!

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Nieves, styled by Moxie
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cutest little baby, ever
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cute Mama, too

The Boat Building

One of the main points of Camp Tipsy is to build boats while you are there. They set up this huge area to build them, and then on Saturday, have a friendly (and hilarious) competition between categories like “worst design”, “least likely to float” and more.

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Meriah Nichols Camp Tipsy-34We’re totally inspired to go next year and show some Humboldt Pride (inside joke – like, “nothing to see here!”)

Meriah Nichols Camp Tipsy-49Plenty to see here though

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5 days in a watery maker’s delight. Heat. Bugs. Tents. Big spiders. Porta-potties. New friends. Kids. It was like a recipe for a disaster or an absolutely awesome time.

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Meriah Nichols Camp Tipsy-45And it was AWESOME.

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See you next year?

Meriah

is a deaf blogger, global nomad, tech-junkie, cat-lover, Trekkie, Celto-Teutonic-peasant-handed mom of 3 (one with Down syndrome and one gifted 2E).

She likes her coffee black and hot.


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2 Comments

  • That looks fabulous! I went to my first juggling convention recently and it had a similar vibe – kids running free with all the adults looking out for them, cool stuff happening all over the place, just generally a wonderful environment to be in 🙂

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