In May of this year Daniel and I went camping with some of our closest friends and had a really really wonderful camping trip. Well okay, it was actually more of an “extended picnic at the beach” since to me camping involves trees, but it was a really marvelous extended picnic.
I love that camping slows down time. I love that there are no T.V.’s, and better yet that kids aren’t ASKING for T.V.’s. Our kids aren’t old enough yet to have cell phones so that isn’t a battle either. So we just get out into nature and our kids run, dig, hike, explore, swim, bike, laugh, and play. Yes, like kids used to do. And the adults sit around and talk uninterrupted…and even get time to play some games together.
When I am camping with my family and our friends, life feels REALLY REALLY GOOD. Everything just feels right in the world and full in my heart.
All that being said, after our “extended picnic” camping trip in May, I really wanted to harness that again. Our kids are all in a really prime camping age…just old enough that the parents get to enjoy the trip, and just young enough that the kids still really enjoy the adventure of it all. So days after our trip in May, I booked up some camping sites in September.
This time around there were trees. Just 3 families went this time so it was a bit quieter then the 6 families trip, but it was still perfect. The weather was 80’s during the day and mid 50’s at night. There were trees, a camp fire, a nature/bird presentation, hiking, biking, and again lots of laughter and fun. August did trip and fall onto the fire pit, burning his hand so badly that he got 6 or 7 blisters, so this wasn’t HIS favorite camping trip….but the rest of us had a pretty amazing time. [see his band-aid picture below]
[I can’t wait to keep camping this year. Daniel and I are upping our camping gear and hoping to get some more trips in this spring.]