Some of my fondest memories come from time spent camping with my family. Growing up, my family went camping every Summer. It wasn’t just my parents, brothers and me, but our entire family! My uncles, aunts, cousins, family friends, grandparents and other extended family relations would all embark on an epic camping trip each year.
My memories of our family camping trips remain vivid. I recall my parents, youthful and strong, pitching the tent as we played. We all slept in our sleeping bags on the hard ground. The adults always seemed so prepared too! The grown-ups brought all the camping gear one could ever imagine — from portable stoves, cookware, plates, cutlery, water jugs for filled with water for drinking and water jugs filled with water for washing and brushing teeth. They had flashlights, bug zappers, and all the necessities for a few days of outdoor living.
We’d go fishing, have canoe races, swim and play on the beach. At night, we’d gather around the campfire and tell stories. My Dad was always the one who would scare all the kids. I also remember gazing into the dark skies and being in awe of all the billions of stars. I pondered about life on other planets and seeing all the stars made me aware of just how tiny we humans are in comparison to the vastness of the universe.
Now that my siblings, cousins, family friends and I are all grown up and have kids of our own, it’s our turn to take our children camping and create new memories.
Let me tell you, I am not the camper I used to be!
I don’t ever recall being so annoyed with flies and mosquitoes when I was a kid! As an adult, I can’t stand them buzzing in my tent or hovering as we are about to feed the kids supper at the picnic table on our campsite. Thank goodness for a good tent and netted dining area!
Princess and the Pea!
Sleeping on the hard ground in a sleeping bag was something we used to get super excited about when we were kids! Don’t laugh, but now my weary back needs an air mattress and a comfy sleeping bag! Hubby, Little One and I go camping every year, and this is the first year we’ve used an air mattress. In previous years, my back has always paid the price for sleeping on the hard ground. I know, I know…Princess and the Pea?
Despite my aversion to flies and mosquitoes, and waking up with a sore back, there are so many things I LOVE about camping! I love waking up in the morning to fresh morning air. I love teaching our six year old about flora and fauna. I love seeing the look of wonder in my child’s eyes and the fact that she knows to leave Mother Earth just as we found her (no leaving behind anything and being good to our forests and lakes). I love being outdoors and active with Little One and going on adventures. I love a good campfire and camp food (especially if it involves freshly caught fish)! Plus, who doesn’t love S’mores and stories by the campfire?
More to come!
In my next post, I’m going to share how Hubby, Little One and I use our Woods Canada camping gear for our family camping excursions! Stay tuned!
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