For the third annual 2600 Hz company camping trip we headed to Collins Lake for some hot weather and boating fun. Collins Lake is a man-made lake that was originally created to provide irrigation water for the surrounding areas and since 1972 it has been home to a family run campground with 109 campsites and boat rentals. It’s located about an hour north of Sacramento and 3.5 hours from San Francisco. The 2600 Hz crew headed there on Friday morning to beat the traffic and get a day of boating in on the two-story pontoon boat that came equipped with a charcoal grill and a slide! Darren and I joined up with the group Friday night after an entertaining drive that included Darren “chatting” with Sarah Jo from Verizon about his needs for a waterproof phone with 80 hours of talk time that he could take to the lake with him for the weekend. He kept me laughing for most of the trip which helped the 4.5 hour trip in traffic go by a little faster. We arrived to the campground just in time to see the sunset and enjoy burgers cooked by James that were flipped using a hatchet since we didn’t have a spatula. Overall, it was a fairly mellow evening filled with conversation and laughter. The night only got a little crazy when Darren told Max that he had to spin in circles while stirring his margarita. This did not end so well for Max as he face planted to the ground but fortunately he was ok. Most of the group headed off to bed shortly thereafter.
At 6:00 am we were rudely woken up by the blinding sun streaming through our tent. Because of this, the group was up and ready for a pancake breakfast around 7:00 and we headed to the lake’s beach shortly after that. The day was spent at the beach lazing around on floaties, tossing footballs, eating sausages from Marina Meats (thanks to Kate!) and lazing about. Then Darren rented two motorized fishing boats and bought water guns and all hell broke loose! We attached a rope to pull the manned floaties (I held on for about 30 seconds before giving up) and then had battles with the water guns on the boats while chasing each other. After a full day in the sun, we headed back to the campsite for a foil pack dinner and s’mores. The evening was pretty mellow as everyone was pretty exhausted from the full day.
On Sunday we had a leisurely breakfast and then headed back to the cool relief of the bay area. I really appreciated this opportunity to get to know some of the people that James works with a little better. There were a couple of people in the group that I had written off as obnoxious, but I realized that once I got to know them a little better, there were actually pretty intelligent and even pretty fun to hang out with. I am really glad that James gets to spend his days with such a quality group of people! And, I’m really grateful that they are so inclusive of me. I definitely feel like part of the team– even though I know almost nothing about phones– and I look forward to the fourth annual 2600 Hz camping trip when the group has most-likely doubled.