So we took the kids camping. It was the first time since 2001 that we've taken them and the last time we slept in a tent (thanks, Tamma) was 1998. (If you did the math on this, the last time Wendell and I went camping, Emma was 2.5 and Anson was 11 months. The last time we slept in a tent, we were newlyweds with no kids.)
You see, I'm a pretty wimpy camper. But I must confess there are a few draws about camping.
1. Seeing the sunrise. Thanks to Beck getting up and simultaneously refusing to go back to sleep, at 5:00 AM, I saw a sunrise for the first time since I attended girls camp.
2. If you camp with other people, you don't have to fix or buy food for all meals.
3. Long walks, visits, playing games, afternoon naps are all part of the fun.
If you want to camp often, you need the correct tools, which I do not have. So here are things you need to own or rent to go camping.
1. RV or trailer. When we camped in 2001 we were able to sleep in a trailer. This is preferable to sleeping in a tent.
2. A large light to use in your tent see by.
The final piece of advice is that you need your children to be old enough to stay in their own sleeping bags and not freak out when they wake up in the night. (Beck also woke up at 1:45 AM and after screaming inconsolably for 15-20 minutes, Wendell took him for a car ride to calm him down.)