I have no idea why (probably my new mom nerves), but I was always afraid of camping in a tent when Evelyn was a baby. I had done it myself many times, but just needed some extra security when she was younger. Since her first summer, we have always done our camping in my parent’s pop up camper or a cabin. But, now that she’s a bit older, I felt ready to try camping in a tent. So, for our first tenting adventure, we reserved 2 nights over the 4th of July weekend at R.B. Winter State Park. My dad, aunt, and cousins were also staying in the park and my brother and his girlfriend decided to join us on our site. We also decided to take our dog (something that we have never done before). I was praying that it would all work out. Fortunately, I can report that everything went pretty smoothly, aside from a flat air mattress and a scraped knee.
We arrived in the afternoon on Saturday and set up camp. The weather could not have been better. We had two tents and a few hammocks with lots of camp chairs. I always keep a few extras around for my pesky nephews, who like to steal a chair the second it’s empty. We had site #56, which sits on the side of the hill, so it has a lower level for parking with some steps that lead up to the elevated tent pad and fire ring. There was also a picnic table and lantern hook. My only complaint about this site was that it was a little too close to the neighboring site. We were talking about trying to get both sites for next year, so that at least we will have family next door. Fortunately, our neighbors for this trip were friendly enough. I couldn’t help but giggle one morning as I watched the chipmunks fervently scramble to eat up all the food that had been left sitting out on their site, after we were so careful to put everything away in our car, so as not to attract bears.
Our three days at camp were just relaxing and fun. We went for walks, played in the sand on the beach by the lake, cooked over the fire, made s’mores, and picked on each other. I love that Evelyn can be entertained with barely anything “to do.” She finds her own fun. She loved just going in and out of the tent and curling up inside the sleeping bags, staking a claim on her sleeping spot right away. The kids enjoyed playing in the creek, lounging in the hammock, and exploring the paths. I even got in on the fun. I think that our dog, Moxie, didn’t quite know what to make of all of it, but she was very well behaved and I would definitely take her again in the future.
We had so much fun that we are planning to do it again sometime, and trying to talk even more of our family into joining us. Meanwhile, we’re getting ready for this summer’s next camping adventure.