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The reality is, that the tag does not bear a warning label that 40ish-year-old women, who have birthed children, will find a pinecone and rock-laden ground to be quite offensive to their back muscles.
Next are the necessities to survive 3 or 4 days in the wilderness. Let me give you a visual. Picture the Clampett’s truck (The Beverly Hillbillies) but a dodge diesel, pulling a trailer with a canoe, kayak, four bicycles, five lawn chairs, seven plastic bins, two garbage bags, three fishing poles, a Coleman stove, fire logs, and possibly inner tubes. Two adults and two children squeeze in there somewhere, and sometimes a large dog. Trust me, if you have passed us on the highway, you would remember!
We are simple people, and three-fourths of us are boys, so we don’t need much. Yet somehow, we end up with a ridiculous load. Usually, there IS civilization within a few miles of our camps, but for some reason, we think we must bring every morsel of food and “just in case” items. And by “we” I really mean me.
This usually stems from the item we needed on the last family camping trip but didn’t have. A mutiny would run rampant through camp if we did not have marshmallows and graham crackers. Not every convenience store has them!
Memories that is indeed the reason that brings me back to continue family camping. I want to give my kids lasting memories to share with their children. Campfire songs, wilderness sounds, family togetherness, canoeing stories with good friends.
My memory has a way of forgetting almost losing my clothes bin on the Sunshine Parkway Bridge in Tampa, FL. Once, we had to rescue my niece as her airbed was floating inside the tent (the disastrous trip I mentioned earlier). Then there was the tropical storm and a 30-degree drop in temperature six hours later.
Sorry, I am digressing here. Those are the memories we live to tell year after year.
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