Weenie roasts, roasting marshmallows, campfires, fishing, swimming, being under the stars, the quiet stillness of nature; all of this describes the perfect family activity…
We camped as a family throughout my childhood and I have big plans to continue it with my own family. Camping has a magic about it: fresh air; sunshine; the sounds of nature.
The great outdoors.
We took family camping trips to state parks like Bob Sandlin, Daingerfield and Tyler State Park. We would camp out in tents or our magical pop up. I loved the pop up and was always fascinated with it. The fact that you can pull a tiny camper behind you and it pops up into an 8-sleeper is just the coolest!
We would take the trips, just the four of us, and we would take trips with family friends. We would cook out (burgers, hot dogs and chips), fish, swim, hike, sit around the fire, chase each other, laugh…
We took hikes together and I would either ride on my dad’s shoulders or the shoulders of my Dad’s friend, “Mr. Ken.” I remember Mr. Ken would bark whenever we walked under a dogwood tree and thanks to him, I thought for a very long time that dogwood trees bark. I encountered my first grass snake on one of these hikes and cried as if it were a diamond back rattle snake! Another learning experience.
We would go swimming in the lake, which included jumping off barges and sliding down water slides. I have a very vivid memory when I was younger and swimming with my friend Angela.
Angela is a few years older than me so I felt like she was in charge and the person looking after me when my mom was up on the dock or pier. Angela would hold on to me with my arms around her neck and we would just float around. She felt like a big sister.
I remember all of these fun things we would do together. That is the key to family activities; togetherness. We did these things together; no one stayed behind and did their own thing. We made the memories together and it taught us a sense of togetherness and comfort.
We made some of my most precious memories on these camping trips. My family and I still talk about funny things that happened on these trips and I still talk to my childhood friends who were on these camping trips.
No matter where we all go in life, we have a special bond because we grew up together and we went on these amazing camping trips together. We woke up to the sounds of nature and went to sleep under the stars.
I can’t wait to start making these memories with Jackson and his cousins and friends. I can’t wait for them to create memories they will carry with them throughout their lives.
I look forward to hearing Jackson shout, “Let’s go camping!”
I look forward to seeing and hearing the excitement of going camping and maybe, just maybe, he will be fascinated with a pop up camper, too…
Below is a list of activities you can do on a camping trip:
- Water Skiing
- Roasting weenies and marshmallows
- Making colored fire
- Scavenger hunt
- Campfire stories
- Taking photos together
- Catching fireflies
- Finding/Skipping rocks
- Flower picking
- Board games
- Card games
- Playing musical instruments
- Playing truth or dare
- Hide and go seek
- Flashlight tag
- Cooking over a fire
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