Monday, July 14, 2008

Family Car Camping, Take 1

So...Steve and I ventured out on our first car camping trip with the boys (and since we've been married!) over the weekend. We decided to just do an overnight, in case it was a total disaster. I'm happy to report that although there were a few bumps in the road (nothing major, but what you'd expect when camping with an almost-two-year old and a five-year-old), we all had a great time, and can't wait to do it again. Steve is more of a backpacking/hiking camper. As for me, I did some car camping with my parents, when I was really little. So car camping was a relatively new adventure for us. After lunch yesterday, we headed for Sage Hen Reservoir, in the Boise National Forest. We were thinking the campground would be mostly empty, since it was a Sunday afternoon, but in fact there were only a handful of sites available. We found a nice one, set up camp, and the adventures began. Steve and Camden did some fishing...

...while I kept tight reigns on Griffin, who stood on the dock saying, "I get in pool now!"
I had fun making dinner on the camp stove, but had even more fun eating s'mores...

...and then sitting by the fire with Steve after the little guys had gone to bed...

...although one of them didn't stay in bed for long. Camden re-emerged from the tent, right around the time that Steve remembered that we'd packed some Jiffy-Pop...
Then it was off to bed, where neither Steve nor I got much sleep, but got up the next morning, still so happy that we'd taken the plunge. Now we are both hooked, and look forward to going again in a couple of weeks. Mind you, I kept a running list while we were away...little tweaks to supplies and packing, so things should go even more smoothly the next time.

Oh, and I can't end without including some of the endless beauty of Idaho...

P.S. Camden is watching me type, and wanted me to include this picture that he took of his dad. He likes to call this one, "Floating Head":

7 comments:

Cheryl said...

There is nothing like camping with the kids. A great family activity for sure. Tell Camden the "floating head photo" is amazing! Great job!

Melissa said...

Love Camden's photo! LOL!

I'm glad y'all had a good time camping - I'm looking forward to going again myself. And I keep a list too, of things we need to get or set up for the next trip! I really believe that each trip gets better, as you figure out how to keep things going smoothly and the kids adjust to sleepin in a tent, etc. :)

Jean said...

Glad to hear the four of your survived in fine fashion. Your account made me yearn for our camping days of years ago.

Margaret said...

LOVE Camden's picture, its hilarious! We love camping and in fact will be gone for all of next week. Course, ahem, my idea of camping is in the camper!

Heather said...

Margaret - - I dream of owning a pop-up camper. We hope to have one within the next five years or so. I want something a little softer to sleep on!

Jen said...

Awww! Looks like a great time!

I haven't taken the plunge with SweetiePie yet to go camping. Frankly I'm a bit scared! LOL!

Jenn said...

Tony and I bought a camper two years ago as we both grew up camping and missed it. We enjoy ourselves so much each time we go. We did skip the tent and went straight to a pop-up though. There is nothing like leaving work and house chores behind and just being together and enjoying nature. This camping season I have been pregnant so we added a portable toilet to our camping luxuries :)

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