Thursday, October 20, 2011


 When we lived here:

And looked like this:

We had this:

And used to do this:
And this:

With friends like these:

Then we went all corporate and suburban, put the tent in storage, and hunkered down into our 30's.  But this year, we said enough is enough.  It's time to go camping again.  

In September our church had a campout, so it was a perfect opportunity to update our gear - a family tent, a few more sleeping bags, an LED lantern.

 We still froze our butts off but it was a good first run.

A few weeks later we went car camping at a regional park about an hour away.  Ed scoffed it as not-real-camping but I asked him what he expects when he's a slave to The Man and can't take a day off work to go real camping.  We gotta take what we can get and really, the whole point (at least for me) is to give the kids memories.  And they don't care if we're in a regional park, not a national one.  We got pizza for dinner on the way down.

 It had a playground.

Poppy loved the headlamp...
 And sleeping in this, in this.

I loved staying cozy in my new sleeping bag and waking up to this canopy:

Ed loved making biscuits in the dutch oven, and hot chocolate on the camping stove:

And the kids, as we'd hoped, just loved it all:


Irene said...

How fun! Which park is this? We have had limited success finding places to camp this Fall that aren't full.

Shells said...

I LOVE that you did this. I grew up camping a lot and really want my kids to experience it as well, but it just hasn't fit into our life yet. Maybe we can combine efforts sometime next summer/fall.

Disco Mom said...

We went to Pohick Bay in/near Lorton ( we didn't have any trouble getting a reservation a few weeks ahead and there were lots of open sites the night we stayed.

kat said...

congratulations! hooray for camping! man, do i love tents and flashlights. almost as much as camping with friends. :)

K Cummings said...

Looks like a wonderful time! Aaron and I keep thinking about camping but I have my doubts of getting any sleep sharing a tent with the kids

Disco Mom said...

Katy, I freely admit - your doubts are well-founded.

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