17 October 2014

Camp



This summer the kids and I had our first-ever “real” camping trip.  As in we had to pitch our own tent, had sleeping bags, air mattresses.  As in we built a campfire, had smores, cooked our own food on portable stoves, washed the dishes with water that had to be carried over from the tap at the end of our camp ground.  Real camping with raccoons who would tear into my bag of chips in the middle of the night and crunch away.  Waking up in the middle of the night needing to use the washroom and it’s pitch dark outside.  Good thing my husband offered to walk with me to the washroom up the road from our site.  Loose stones and dry leaves crunching underfoot, with flashlights to light our way. 

Scrambled-eggs-(2)

It was quite the experience for me and the kids.  I’m not one for roughing it out, but I survived “two nights in the wild,” I like to say.  My nephew helped with washing the dishes.  Josh helped with making scrambled eggs.  The kids had fun.  I had fun.  For two nights, it was fun.  Not sure if I can do more nights, though.  I was so happy to be back home and have a decent shower and be back on comfortable beds.

Scrambled-eggs-(1)

Josh will be going to camp again soon.  With his classmates.  I’m sure it won’t be as ‘rough’ as what we did back in Canada, but it will be close.  They will be sleeping in tents and having cold showers.  But apart from that, I think most other things are catered for.  He is looking forward to it and I know they will all have fun.  And us?  We will be missing him. 

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12 COMMENTS:

Tamar SB said...

Good for you all! I am all about nature, but really am not into camping!

Nicki said...

haha - I grew up camping with my folks - it was a real treat, lots of memories (which are only fun at the time and not when you think back and realize all the stuff you didn't even consider at the time .... snakes, spiders, and other things and crawl and creep in the night). Good for you and your husband for sharing this experience with your children.

Anita said...

One of my 3 kids has been camping over the last 3 or 4 years. This past summer, she camped 2 weeks which included canoeing along the river and staying at other camp sites along the way. I was envious because I've never done "real" camping. But... racoons and inconvenient restrooms... maybe I don't want to. :)

In your pictures, I see that, at least, you had some modern conveniences!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Last year we split our vacation, camping some of it and hoteling some of it. That seems to work out perfectly. It has been a long time since we camped. Good air mattresses make all the difference in the world.

Sarah Carletti said...

It looks like a great time and you have all the right equipment!

Lolli said...

We had our first-ever true family camping experience (with all of us together) this summer. It was actually not as bad as I expected. lol! Today, 4 of the family members will be camping - my oldest son is doing a campout with the scouts, and my husband and 2 youngest are bike riding along the C&O Canal and camping along the way. I'm happily staying home with my 15 year old. :)

carolina rico said...

The best thing about camping is that you really get to enjoy your bed once you get back!! It looks like you had a great time, plus I am sure that the kids will never forget it!

Viv@within the Frame said...

My days of camping are over. The walk to the loos in the night is not something I will miss. But kids love roughing it, it is something children should always experience.

Anita Johnson said...

I haven't visited your blog in a long time...the kids are getting big! I took some time to look through your photos of city life. They are amazing. I feel like I have a front seat on a very private tour!

Kim Cunningham said...

I'm with you. I'm not a camper. I'm sure I'll have to do it sometime, but it will only be for the benefit of my kids. Glad you made it! :) Looks like Josh had fun!

peripheralperceptions said...

Looks like a good time was had by all. When I was a leader of a youth organization I took children camping. Always an interesting experience!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

looks like the child was a good helper,

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