|The opposite of zen: five in the canoe, plus dog.|
In our years BC (Before Children) my partner and I would make at least one backcountry camping trip per year. It was always my "moment of zen."
But when our first child arrived life got a lot more complicated, and we haven't been camping since. Until now! Our oldest is five, the twins are three --and therefore listen to instructions somewhat-- and our youngest is relatively amenable, so my thoughts turned to CAMPING!
|You see the vehicle? We were car-camping!|
A few lessons I learned from our experience:
1. Bring more clothes. Kids *love* water and mud.
2. Bring less food. Everyone's too excited to eat much.
|Yep, they sure were enthralled by my nature lessons.|
4. Just give in and roast hot dogs every night.
5. You will need a containment device. I actually brought a play-pen.
6. Marshmallows go with everything.
7. No one will sleep. Figure out a Plan B.
8. Be prepared with some low-key activities (drawing, reading).
9. Don't give your 5-year-old the camera.
10. Let go of all your expectations.
Exhausting? Yes. Worth it? Yes. Do it again? ... Ask me in a couple of weeks... I'm kidding; I'm already planning our next trip.
|Who's tired? Not me!|
|Noooo! Don't eat those!|
|Important Photo Subjects for a 5-yr-old: #1 Up My Nose...|
|... #2 My Dog's Behind...|
|... #3 My Water Gun|