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» Friday, June 12, 2009

Summer fun - Camping!

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 9

Is it Friday already???

Only a few hours left to get ready for my Girl Scout camping trip! I'm taking 5 high school girls to a huge Girl Scout/Boy Scout camping weekend - a sea of tents and pop-up canopies in a large grassy field. There'll be outdoorsy competitions, campfire skits, an outdoor movie, an outdoor dance - the whole nine yards. Except sleep. Don't think there will be too much of that going on!

Camping is another fun summer activity I enjoy. Group camping is fun, but I do prefer the less hectic pace of family camping. My husband and I had tons of fun introducing the kids to camping when they were little. The dh prefers primitive camping, so no cabins, RVs, trailers or even electrical hook ups for us! Strictly tent-and-outhouse/bathhouse camping.

There was usually some fishing involved, which I'm not much good at, so that meant a lawn chair and a romance novel for me while the troops were casting out their lines :-) As the kids got older, we started reading books out loud around the campfire at night - a couple years ago we took turns reading an Agatha Christie mystery, and totally hooked the kids into later reading every AC novel they could get their hands on!

Now my kids are in that teenage stage where family camping doesn't hold much appeal - if they're going to forgo Facebook for an entire weekend (ie, all eternity) and go camping, they'd rather do it with friends. But I can still look at my family camping pictures and remember the good times! Above pic: my kids back when they were small enough to pick up and swing around. Below: look closely! - a fawn unexpectedly visited our campsite one spring.

Coming up in the final week of the Countdown to Summer ... more summer recipes!

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto...

Parmesian Zucchini Bake...

and more :-)

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Blogger housemouse88 said...

We go camping about every other year. We also do the no electricity, tent thing. However, the older I get the more I like my own bed. Have a great day.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Cathy M said...

That sounds wonderful, Joy. I have lots of fond memories of family camping trips when I was little. We slept in tents, but always went where we would have bathrooms and showers. Waterskiing was our big activity and tons of fun.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

My family used to camp. It seems like a million years ago now.
I am at the age where a sleeping bag on the ground makes my bones ache.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

I have only gone camping once in my life and although it was kind of fun, it wasn't my preferred vacation type. I like the renting of cottages on The Cape or going to the beaches in Maine.


5:38 PM  
Blogger chey said...

I haven't been camping in years. You'll have a great time!

6:40 PM  
Blogger Pissenlit said...

Now we're talking! :) I love to camp but not at drive-up campsites. I love to go interior camping where there's no washrooms or showers and you have to pack as lightly as possible because you have to portage really far to get to the site. *happy sigh*

7:21 PM  
Blogger dsadler53 said...

We went camping when I was pregnant for my first child and did so for the next 15 years; every summer vacation we would pack our bags at first with diapers and baby toys then later on with playstation handheld and games to bicycles; puzzles and cd players. we would go where there was a beach and just have fun. Now my daughter still loves camping and goes with her friends usually for long weekend using the equipment her father and I accumulated throughout the years.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

Wow, I can vaguely remember when my family use to camp out. That was when I was about my boys' age. As I got to my teenage years, camping was not in the agenda, though mom really couldn't take the time off from work.

The hubs is wanting to take our three camping, and I'm so not thrilled about the idea. I like my running water and necessities.

BTW, I started Deep Magic. On page 79 and practically devouring the book! Gwen is awesome! Thanks again!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Infinite Designs said...

Joy, what a lovely post.

It brings back found memories for me when I was a child. We used go camping all the time.

I hope everone enjoys the camping trip - good luck with the teens :).

Pam S

10:47 PM  
Blogger Kytaira said...

Have fun camping! Your kids (and the fawn) are really cute. We've never really gotten into the camping. At least not to camp. We have gone camping (in a basic camper) in order to go fishing. So the camping has been secondary. I don't fish but like you am happy with a book and chair on the boat.

12:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love camping. Didn't do any as a kid (we did have a cabin by a lake) and never went to camp (ie. Girl Scout, etc).. When I got married, we got a pup tent from my husband's uncle. It had been in the attic for years. The first time we used it, we got up the next morning covered in greenish powder. The tent coating was old and flakey. We had a 1972 Land Rover and built a platform for the rack on top. We rigged poles and a tarp and had the perfect tent platform. We were young and able to climb up there. Not to mention a bit smaller than we are now. It was hard to roll over then. We next got a pop up camper when the little ones came along. We enjoyed that. We were really happy to have that instead of a tent when we got caught in a hurricane that came up the coast and caught us in Quebec. We were trying to out run it and get off the coast. Putting up the camper at midnight in the rain was bad enough, I'd hate to think of fighting a tent. We did rent an RV one summer when we took my aunt with us on a trip through the Southwest. Since bathrooms are few and far between, she made sure we were bringing one with us. It was convenient. However, my aunt got the double bed, our 2 girls got the table bed, my nephew go the sofa bed, and my husband and I got the space over the cab with our 9 month old hyperactive son. It was a long two weeks. We have taken Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops camping over the years. Getting caught in an ice storm in teepees in Colorado (August) was great fun. Especially since most of the girls had b=never been camping.
The best trip we ever had was when we went to the Highland Games at Fort Ticonderoga, N. Y. The girls were in 1st and 2nd grades. We had a lovely spot in the state campground. It was magical to be sitting around the campfire at night listening to the pipers playing. The concert at the fort that evening was incredible. Bleachers were set up on the parade ground and the area was lit by torches. A pipe band from Canada came marching in through the fort gates playing. They played for an hour or so under the stars and torches. It was still, bats were flying around, and you could smell the leather of the pipes. It was just such a special experience. It could easily have been the 1700's.
Have a great weekend everyone!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Dina said...

Have fun camping. I used to like it, then when I had to do everything took the fun out of going.

10:28 AM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I've been camping a few times & I have to say I preferred the log cabin camping to the primitive camping. Camping is so much fun!


10:59 AM  
Blogger Eva S said...

Great post! I miss our family campings... We used to go every summer.Our daughters are now adults, I'll have to wait for grandchildren to go camping with!

2:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was a girl scout and did my share of camping. When I was younger, with my family we went camping all the time. We started with a big army type tent that seemed like it took forever to get set up and through the years progressed to a camper with a separate bedroom. We all had our specific jobs so that setting up would go quickly. It was always fun but I was very glad when we left the tents behind and upgraded to campers.

11:04 PM  

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