Scott and I used to camp but have only done luxury camping since kids came into the picture. But we thought it was high time to give it a try as a family of 6. So, in May we camped twice, each for two nights. It was a lot of work but so worth it.
The first trip was to a beautiful spot near a beach with Jack's cub scouts pack. We had to rush to leave after school on a Friday to set up camp before dark. On Saturday, I managed to take a nap (score!) with the the girls and we all spent time at the beach. Because we were camping with a huge group (100 people) of which our kids were the youngest and meals were already planned, it didn't feel like a regular camping trip. We never got out the stove and cooked. And none of the kids except Jack got s'mores because they fell asleep too early. I didn't even manage to get a photo all weekend.
So I was really excited that we had planned to go camping again two weekends later. This time we went with 3 other families from our preschool. We all planned our meals together and cooked together and ate together. It was some amazing food. Our kids had a blast riding scooters, collecting bits of nature, visiting the tidepools at the beach and just being kids outside. On this trip I made up for the fact that I didn't take photos at the previous trip. And here are just a few:
This trip was so much fun that immediately after getting home I contacted the whole preschool about a big camping trip in the fall. Because things book up so quickly here, I've already reserved sites and gotten confirmation from 16 other families for Veteran's Day weekend!