A few years ago we went camping with a group of friends on Mother’s Day weekend, at my request, and it was TERRIBLE. The friendship was warm and wonderful, and memories were made, but it was SO COLD and it rained the entire first night. It put a damper on my family and our friends wanting to go camping again for quite some time.
Years have now passed and our hopes for a good camping trip have at last re-built. To hedge our bets and try to make sure it wouldn’t be in the 30 degree territory again, we opted for beach camping this time.
Now I need you to know that I grew up going camping under massive redwood trees with the sound of birds chirping and maybe a babbling stream in the morning. So needless to say that when we drove up to this campsite that was next to a major Hwy, with a gravel patch for our tent, no trees, and a picnic table….not to mention next to the railroad that had trains going by every hour…yeah…I can’t say I had the best attitude. And it started to sprinkle rain right after we all set up our tents. But it wasn’t too cold, so that was a plus.
To calm my bad attitude I made myself feel better by saying that this was more of an “extended picnic with friends” than a camping trip. And then we headed into a pizza joint the first night to get out of the rain and enjoy some hot food.
Although the first night wasn’t the best, I am so pleased to say that the next 2 days were incredible. We were met with clear skies, an incredible ocean view, a cool but temperate 65 degrees, beach access to swim in the ocean, and many adventures with friends.
It wasn’t exactly what I hoped for when I asked that we re-ignite our camping tradition, but I will say, it ended up being a really marvelous extended picnic.