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Delsin Russell, 4, of Vacaville helps pitch a tent with his mother, Beth, during a community camp out at Pena Adobe Park in Vacaville, Saturday. Families brought their outdoors gear for an introductory camping experience. Families had the opportunity to fish, learn archery and sleep under the stars. The community camp out was Russell's first time camping. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Families camp out in Vacaville

By From page A5 | July 27, 2014

VACAVILLE — Families who wanted the camping experience without the hassle pitched their tents at Peña Adobe Park, Saturday.

The Vacaville Community Services Department hosted a Community Campout with dozens of activities to keep the campers busy while the temperature soared over 100 degrees.

“It’s been a lot of fun so far, even with the heat,” said Robert Larson, site coordinator for the city’s TGIF before- and after-school program. “. . . It’s been bearable.”

Traci Hamilton, of Vacaville, brought her family of five boys and one girl to the grassy campground.

“We’ve never been camping before,” she said. “It’s close . . . it’s convenient and it’s . . . just getting our feet wet . . . ,” she said.

The kids had already tried their hand at archery, played with water balloons and fished in a small pond by the 19th century adobe.

Ricky Holland, 13, was enjoying the experience.

“I like just being out here and all the activities we did and stuff like that,” he said.

Charlene Chandler, of Vacaville, lacked camping experience, but was trying it out with her own family.

“I’m the one who’s never camped before,” she said. “I have three boys and never camped.”

The group had already seen some wildlife at the park just off Interstate 80 and adjacent to Lagoon Valley Park.

“(I) got to see the deers and some turkeys,” said Richard Chandler, 21.

The only thing missing was a swimming hole. George Martinez reminisced of a time when the pond at Lagoon Valley Park was full of water.

“These kids are growing up,” he said. “They need a fishing pond.”

Charlene Chandler agreed.

“If they would fill it up, more people would be able to swim,” she said.

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Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • Lynn HenricksonJuly 27, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    What a great idea, I would like to see them plant some more trees, make the whole area a forest, also dredge out the lagoon and make it a swimming pond. My dream idea.

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