Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Let's Go Camping!


It's been a whole year since we purchased our Little Pop Up Camper . What adventures we have had! We're already planning trips for April and I'm just giddy! Do you and your family camp? I wanted to share with you a little about what I've learned this last year, but first a little sharing about me..........


I'm a girly girl. You know the ones, they don't like to get dirt under their nails, they powder their noses when out and about, they 'hold it' forever rather than go in a porta-potty, yeah, I'm one of those. So, needless to say, I'm not the roughing it type. Having to potty in the woods just isn't my thing.


We tried tent camping when the kids were little- hated it big time. Hearing little animals scurrying around my tent all night just wasn't my cup of tea. Shoot, I was terrified and didn't sleep a wink! Now, I have friends mind you {you two know who you are ;)}, that are camping aficionados! You should see these women camp. I promise you would be in awe of their campsite! Tents, screen rooms, organized totes filled with food and supplies, they literally put women like me to shame! It just wasn't for me or my husband, so we wrote camping off our list. We decided that it just wasn't for us. Huge mistake!



It then took years and years of wasted time for me to consider camping again. I say wasted time because there's just something about our children, that they deserve to be raised out in nature, unplugged from this world we live in, as often as possible. Traveling and hotels is one thing, camping is totally different. Camping brings your family together in a way you'll never experience in a hotel.


It's so much easier to start your kiddos off early with this lifestyle, the camping lifestyle. It's much harder to convince teenagers that camping is awesome. Our girls have been real troopers and I've been so proud of them for their good attitudes. Sometimes they're a bit whiny, but I see the gains of our adventures and it's worth a little discomfort on their parts.


So why all this rambling on? Spring is upon us, and if you've ever wondered if camping might be right for you, YES, yes it is! I don't want you or your children to miss out on the benefits of camping. If someone as girly as me loves it this much, you may just love it too! Don't like sleeping on the ground? We planned and saved for a whole year for our pop up, so worth all the sacrifices.


And the price? Camping is so inexpensive, especially if you tent camp, and you don't have to go far. A state park just down the road or in your own state is a perfect landing. The point is to be out there in nature, unplugged around a campfire, hiking, game playing or just talking, remember that?,  just talking with one another. That's the whole point of the camping experience, connections, re-establishing connections, strengthening connections.

This world that we live in pulls our families apart, camping brings our family back together. So, if you've never tried it, maybe this is your year! Are you already a camping family? Give me a shout out!
xo,
Amy

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10 comments:

  1. A Glamper I am! I really want my grandson to experience nature as much as possible!!! So far at two years old he loves being outdoors. There is nothing better to add S'mores to it either, makes it even better!

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    1. Isn't camp fire food just the best??! So happy that you love you some camping! And way to go, sharing that love with your grandson!

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  2. My family and I camped in a tent in the backyard last weekend. It was my mom and son's first time tent camping. We nearly froze to death, but great memories were made. Our next excursion is to camp in our local state park at the beach in April!

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    1. Way to go girl- tent camping! We are planning for April too! So excited to be beginning another long camping season! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I am so jealous. Camping has been on the brain ever since we had one day over 40 degrees and I just can't wait to go again. Looks like you all had a wonderful time.

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    1. It's all I think about too, and then...... it's snowing today, in Georgia! Oh how I'm dreaming of warmer days!

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  4. We started camping when our oldest was 5, in kindergarten, and it was the best vacation we had ever had, up to that point in our lives. We decided that if we ever vacation again, it would ALWAYS involve camping! And that truly is what we have done. Now, we live in a virtual camping paradise with the mountains, state and federal land all around us, and even our own backyard is wild full of many furry visitors! I applaud you and your family for getting out and camping! Our very first camper was a pop-up. We loved it! You did an awesome job fixing yours up! :)

    Now, we have a truck camper (a camper that fits on the bed of our truck) so that we can get into more remote places easily. I blog at http://www.mountaintopspice.com and would love for you to visit with me sometime, I think we may be kindred spirits :) Have a blessed day!

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    1. I absolutely adore when you drop by! I do think we are kindred spirits too! So happy that y'all enjoy camping so much!

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