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Things I Love About Camping

This past weekend we had a great time camping at one of our favourite places.  It’s a place we go to year after year, because of the kids’ programs, the atmosphere and the facilities.  We’ve stayed at many other places, but this one is our first choice for a weekend away.  We were able to go at the same time as friends of ours, so that made it even better!

Many people wouldn’t choose to go camping, especially if there was a hotel close by.  But there are some things that you really can’t beat when it comes to camping.

Exploring new places

We’ve been going to this place ever since I was born.  My oldest first went when he was six weeks old, and we’ve been going almost every year since.  But we had never taken the time to explore the rapids nearby that so many people had told me about.  This weekend, we finally did.  I can’t believe we didn’t go sooner!  We had so much fun, and the kids had a blast.  But it just goes to show that even when you think you know a place, there’s always more to discover.

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The Wildlife

There’s something to be said for learning to share your space with the animals and insects around you.  As much as we hate mosquitos, we were in their territory.  My kids learned early on how not to attract raccoons and bears, and that’s a valuable lesson!  Interacting with wildlife, even though we live in a small town, isn’t something that we do that often.  But when we’re camping, we get to experience it up close!

 

Cooking Over The Camp Stove

When you’ve simplified it as much as our family has, cooking while camping becomes super easy, even easier than at home.  And with far less clean up ;-).  We plan meals that are as quick and simple as possible, without alot of prep, and that can be cooked with only one or two pots.  We also use disposable and mostly burnable dishes and cutlery.  There’s nothing quite eating outdoors and then only having one pot to clean afterwards.

The Campfire

We love S’mores and roasting hot dogs over the fire, but the best part of the fire (besides the fact that it drives away the bugs) is that smokey, woodsy smell.  You know you’ve been camping when you come home smelling like a campfire.Things I Love About Camping

The Work

Many people don’t like camping because they think it involves more work than at home.  It does involve work, but it’s not more work, it’s just different work.  And the truth is that the more the kids are able to help out, the easier it is.  Our boys have finally gotten to the point where they can set up and take down their own tent without help from me (I’m the resident tent builder).  It’s great to see them working together, and even more importantly, it’s great to see them showing a little bit of the self-sufficiency they’ll need as they grow older.

The Exercise

My job involves a lot of computer work, which means that I’m pretty sedentary at home.  But when you’re camping, even a trip to the bathroom involves a hike, so you can’t get away without getting in a workout.  Add to that the actual hikes and exploring you’ll be doing, and you won’t even need to worry about the extra calories in those S’mores!

The Togetherness

At home, we all have different bedtimes.  Seriously – five different people means five different bedtimes.  And when the kids were younger, when we were camping, hubby and I would often stay up later than the kids.  But now that they’re older, they stay up around the fire with us, and we all head to bed at the same time.  When it’s dark outside, and everyone is snuggled in their sleeping bags, the silliness begins.  We tell “ghost stories” (which really end up being suspenseful stories with silly endings), joking around and occasionally singing (my daughter put herself to sleep once while singing the alphabet song).

What about you – do you go camping?  If so, what do you enjoy most about it?

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!

18 Comments

  1. Wendy

    So many of my best childhood memories are of when my family went camping. It also instilled in me an appreciation and love of wildlife. Always so happy when I can be in the woods!

  2. Amanda

    My husband totally agrees with you about this–me, not so much. I’m happy to send them off to enjoy the beautiful wilderness and boy bonding while I stay at home with girlfriends. Maybe one day I will feel more like you do!

  3. Jeannette

    I’ll be honest, I’m not really into camping but my boys love it so I try to do it for them. I totally get the appeal but just prefer to sleep indoors:-)
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  4. Val

    We don’t go camping much. You made me consider it though. It sounds fun!
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  5. Jaime Nicole

    I love to go camping with our family. You just can’t beat a good campfire on a cool night. We really like going in late spring and in fall. Such beautiful memories!
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  6. Dogvills

    Camping sounds fun. We’ve never tried it, but I’m sure my kids will love it. I have to plan for this.
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  7. CourtneyLynne

    Hehehe I’m not exactly an outdoors person but I do like a good camping trip once in awhile ! I love all the camping foods so it’s always fun to go Atleast for the food 😉

  8. Echo

    I love this and there are definitely somethings that I truly love about camping as well! Campfires and campfire cooking, exploring the area and family bonding!
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  9. addi ganley

    I love hanging out with my kids and hubby without electronics in the picture. We disconnect when we go camping and it’s great.
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  10. Jacob Fu

    It looks like you guys had a great time! We love camping and backpacking too.
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  11. Angie Scheie

    Totally agree with all those things! We had a camping spot we would regularly go to during my childhood and I have so many great memories from there. How wonderful that you are giving your kids the same thing!
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  12. Ron

    As a parent, I would love to take my kids at a camping event. I want them to experience the nature.
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  13. Jenise

    I’ve gotten to explore some of the most amazing places that you can only reach through hiking and then camping. 🙂
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  14. Rosey

    I agree if you come home smelling like smoke, it was a good trip. I like camping.

  15. Michelle

    I’ve never been very interested in camping, but your post makes me want to pack up and go this weekend. I do believe that camping provides an excellent time for people to bond.
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  16. Miranda (Myrabev)

    I have never been camping before unless you count in the back yard and in the living room. Looks like you guys had so much fun.
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  17. Chantal

    We recently went camping and I have to agree on everything you mentioned above! My favourite is definitely eating food cooked over the fire!
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  18. Scott

    Camping is just awesome. I have many great memories of our camping trips in the Scottish highlands especially the shooting stars.

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