We went camping over 4th of July weekend for the first time as a family and had a lot of fun! It was definitely a learning experience considering I haven’t been camping since I was about 16 years old, and that was in a camper, not a tent. We were blessed with some pretty nice weather and really chilly nights, although I have to say, it showed how under prepared I was for the cold. This whole time I was concerned with burning up at night and being unable to sleep… turned out, it was super cold in the evening, which made it equally difficult to sleep because we didn’t have sleeping bags. We used old comforters and blankets to keep us warm, and just relied on foam camping mats to soften the ground. Needless to say, the first night I slept terribly… AKA not at all. The other nights I did better, but still not the best. While I like that style of camping, I think we’ll be investing in an air mattress or pool floats for the future. We won’t go again this year as we definitely need more supplies in order to go on our own, but I hope that next year we can go a few times throughout the year with various friends and on our own as well.
We used our pie iron a lot… I mean, a lot. That thing is certainly a camping BFF, from breakfast sandwiches, to fruit pies, to pizza pocket dinners, it’s so versatile. I look forward to some grilled cheese in that thing… mmmm.
The highlight of our camping trip was definitely taking Zoey on her first hike. She did SO well, and this was the real deal. It was roughly 2.5 miles through the woods, some uphill, some downhill, lots of branches and roots to look out for, poison ivy, wild deer, you name it. We found some pretty cool trenches, too. She had a great time and it only showed me that we can definitely take her hiking in September when we go on our vacation to the Smokey Mountains. We plan on hiking to a water fall and I look forward to taking her now!
The low light of the trip is definitely the fact that I was on “george”. The. Whole. Time. Thankfully we camped at a state park or I would have had to cancel going. Day 1 on site was day 1 of the cycle. Horrible. But I had bathroom access within view and carried around my own TP, so it worked out. It did mean that I had to bail on an opportunity to visit a cave. I would have had to trek through mud and no woman wants to be muddy from head to toe while also worrying if you’re going to leak, if you know what I mean. Gross. Instead, I stayed behind with Zoey and we got some one-on-one mommy/daughter time, which was nice.
Overall, I think this was a wonderful experience for Zoey, and a nice mini-vacay as a family until our next trip in September. With me starting a new job, this is the year for mini trips spread out instead of taking one long one. Next year might be the same ~ I really want to take Zoey to a theme park, although some actually offer camping nearby, which would be a really cool experience as well. We could cram both experiences into one trip… maybe.
I’ll close with some pictures of our camping trip. Any suggestions for camping supplies I should consider a “need” for the future? A percolator is on my list… it’d be best to leave the tea kettle and french press at home.