Last year we did some 'luxury' camping with the kids, so this year we decided to up the 'roughing it' and go tent camping. I still had the same concerns as I always have, which is uncomfortable sleeping arrangements and mosquitoes. But I was willing to give it a try.
We drove to a campground only 40 minutes away from the city, this would allow us to bail easily if all went south. The forecast was not looking too good, so we were glad about that option. Our campsite was right behind a lovely creek and because our summer has been really dry, the creek was low enough to make it safe for the kiddos to play in. We managed to get the tent up before the rain started and went swimming in the river (just a few roads over) during the downpour.
Once the rain subsided we were glad to discover that our tent was dry! We spent the rest of the evening around the camp site, prepping food and getting dirty. Dinner was a great haddock with potatoes, onions, corn and lemon - it cooked wonderfully in an aluminum packet. Smores for dessert was the obvious choice and really fun for the kids. Because of the fire ban we were not allowed to build a wood fire, but we were allowed briquets, so that gave as the true camping experience.
And then it was time to go to sleep - and it all went south!
M did wonderfully, turned over and fell asleep right away. My son was a nightmare! He refused to sleep, dancing, singing, fidgeting, climbing - the whole works. I was so close to packing him in the car and driving back home, but I was too lazy to unpack the cooler for my husband and M to stay. Once he did finally fall asleep, my husband fell asleep and all three started snoring!!!! Ahhhh - remember how I mentioned bad sleep being my main concern? There I had it - I was stuck in a tent and could not sleep. Once the snoring subsided the neighboring camp party decided to sing and discuss loudly which SNL episode in history was the best - I really, really, really don't care!!! I finally did manage to get a couple of hours of sleep before both kiddos woke up bright and early.
There you have it - camping will still not be top of my list of things to do in the summer - but the older they get, the better it will be, right? All in all it was quite nice - hard, but nice - except for the rain and lack of sleep.