Backyard Camping

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After our trial run last fall in the freezing cold with borrowed gear and a sick baby, we crazily decided that camping regularly was something we wanted to do…because it really could only be uphill from there, right?  The only problem we had was that we did not own a single piece of camping gear.  Initially, when planning for this summer, we were imagining that we could cobble a few trips together like we did last fall.  It wouldn’t have been ideal to go with borrowed and rigged up camping gear, but it would have been an experience, and that’s really what we were looking for anyway.

In early May, our adventurous side kicked in and we booked planned three trips for the summer, without knowing how we would find a tent or anything else.  Three weeks after we paid off the last of our student loans, our optimism that it would all work out paid off: I realized that I had savings bonds given to me as a child that had finally matured, which were without obligation because I had already eliminated their intended purpose.  After some jumping for joy, we cashed them in at the bank and then headed straight to REI, where we loaded up on everything from a tent and sleeping bags, to water jugs, a cooler, cooking implements, and more.

Last weekend, we decided to test out all our gear (and actually figure out how to put up the tent) in advance of our first planned camping trip later this month.  Of course, the best way to test camping gear is to camp with it, so, much to the girls’ delight, we decided to do some backyard camping.  We pitched the tent.  We ate veggie/hot dogs cooked outdoors.  We lit a fire and made s’mores. We got bug bites and sang one another to sleep. We slept in our sleeping bags in the tent, then woke up at dawn’s first light to watch Chris cook breakfast on a camp stove.  As far as weekends go, it was pretty awesome.  I’m getting more and more excited to watch the girls experience the real thing, coming soon…

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One year ago, I posted of a list of 30 things I wanted to do before today: Pay off my school loans Go to Wanderlust Colorado  Get Boudoir Photos Taken  Go to a Movie Alone Knit a Sweater Be Capable of Passing the Army Physical Fitness … [Continue reading]