This past weekend we took the wilds camping for the first time. This is something I have been looking forward to since the day Nathan was born. I grew up camping on the weekends and some of my fondest memories are from those trips. I want to pass this tradition on to my kids. Everything fell in line and we were able to make the trip.
We wanted to stay at Pocahontas State Park just 20 minutes from us. I had no clue that the campsites sell out and when I called to make the reservation they were sold out. I went to plan B and called Bear Lake Creek State Park that is about an hour away. They had availability so I booked it and started planning our trip.
I got up early Saturday morning to run to the store. We really didn’t need much, mainly food. We decided we leave right after soccer. We got the car all loaded up and off we went. The wilds fell asleep about half way there. The drive to the park is very pretty. All of the leaves are turning and the trees are just beautiful.
There is no cell phone reception in the park. It was weird but really nice at the same time. We were forced to be in the moment and not glued to our phones. We picked out our campsite and got to work on setting it up. The tent went together very easily and quickly. While I started making our beds John tended the fire. Everything was going great until I realized the extension cord we brought was too short. Oops. I couldn’t blow up the air mattress. That meant we were sleeping on the ground.
We spent the rest of the afternoon gathering firewood and just hanging out. It was very peaceful and relaxing. Logan was ready for bed really early. I think part of it was he was excited to sleep in the tent. Nathan went in shortly after. It was nice to have some quiet time with John after the boys went to bed. John and I turned in around 11:30. It was not pleasant sleeping on the ground but it was all part of the experience.
It stared raining in the middle of the night. Our tent held up great and kept us nice and dry. After waking up we spent a couple hours by the fire before we decided to call it. The rain wasn’t letting up so it was time to pack up. Overall it was a really great first trip. We loved it so much we are going again this weekend. I am so happy everyone enjoyed it as much as I do.
Do you camp? What is your favorite part?