I have a love-hate relationship with camping. I hate the packing and preparations before and after the camping excursion, but I love being raw and dirty in nature. I hate doing laundry for eight straight hours upon return from camping, but I love to see the kids so free and liberated in the great outdoors while camping.
Every summer we take the kids to Sly Park Lake in Pollock Pines. Chris found the the most spectacular camp spot at the lake while kayaking one day years ago. This camp spot is secluded, the water is warm and the trails are plentiful.
Armed with fishing poles, rafts and a kayak, the kids were in nature heaven. What we didn’t have were televisions or i-devices, which was a a welcome break.
I found a cool printable on Pinterest for a camping scavenger hunt and off they went through the woods and by the lake trying to find everything from acorns to bottle caps left behind.
The Mothership’s Top 5 Reasons To Take Your Kids Camping:
1. Kids don’t get bored camping. There is always an adventure to take when you are camping.
3. The kids can make as many buckets of mud and sticks and messy crap and smear it all over their bodies for days on end and I DON’T CARE. I just sit back in my lounge chair and read.
4. The sound of silence and smell of fresh pine trees first thing in the morning is a peace you carry around forever.
5. A break from technology.
Do I like taking kids to the port-a-potty 50 times a day, having to explain to them each and every time that, yes, they are looking down a cauldron of shit? No. But I am willing to overlook that for the greater good.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.