Warning: This post is slightly photo heavy. Bear with me.
Camping, next to my family and cooking, is my favorite activity. I went so far as to buy my tiny tiny hatchback a backpack so we could fit 4 people’s worth of camping gear in it and on it! I love getting ready for each trip as I find myself getting more and more efficient.
Once a month, for the last 4 months, we’ve been going camping. It’s been the best. Not only have we been camping, but camping with friends. We have found wonderful friends who share our love of the out-of-doors and who want to go camping just as frequently as we do!
This trip in particular was special as it was our longest outing yet, and all family members on both sides were present. We set up camp together, cooked together, laughed and drank wine (for the adults) next to the fire. The girls played happily (for the most part).
D and I made this cool spiral path. I’ve always wanted to do this and this was the perfect spot with lots of large rocks!
This swing was made by my dear friend C’s husband, D2. He is a survival instructor and can make just about anything!
We hiked together, celebrated the birthdays of both husbands and got completely soaked in the summer rain storms. The rain came raging in every evening around dinner time. Lucky D2 had all the parachutes and rope to help make our little shelter from rain and sun.
I also asked D2 to teach me how to build a fire and now I can start a fire in the rain with wet wood. That’s right! I can even start a fire without matches.
The girls all got a lesson in fire safety and learned how to properly add wood to the fire. This was a big thing as they wanted at first to just throw the wood in, but that’s really dangerous for a handful of reasons. Little V was the most patient and fearless when it came to adding wood to the fire.
I like meals cooked over open fire. It somehow tastes so much better.
My favorite part of the whole trip was staying up late drinking wine chatting about non kid related things and scaring off the skunks who wanted to eat out of our trash bag.
We already have two more trips planned. If my children don’t grow up with a deep sense of longing to be outdoors than I shall have failed them. Hopefully not, as they always agree to the next trip!