8.13.2012

Camping Is Hard

We went camping! You might have seen my random camp photos on Instagram. I think they were coming in hours after I posted them though. The Internet sucks in the woods.





We have property at a lake, but I don’t mean waterfront or ocean view, it isn't a beach house or even a cabin, and there’s not a lot of fun water sports going on. We are members of a lake association. We have a "lot" of land near a very small, spring fed lake. It’s so small (and clean!) that they don’t even allow boats with motors. You can swim, fish, float, kayak, canoe, raft or whatever. It’s peaceful, pretty and private. You can’t get in the gate without a key. You can’t live there or have a house, but you can build three sided buildings and sheds, you can get electricity on your lot, and you can bring RVs, campers and tents.

My grandpa helped build the bathrooms, community center and even the swimming pool. There are also baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, and playgrounds. The dirt roads are named after trees. We "live" on Juniper. The speed limit is 10 mph and everyone waves, smiles and makes small talk. It’s small and simple, but it’s what we did all summer long as kids. Since it is private, we were allowed to wander and explore on our own. We hung out with our cousins and disappeared for hours. We came back to eat and then disappeared again until dark. We met new friends. We participated in community center events (bingo and cake walks were always a hit). We got so excited when we saw a random classmate, wondering how they knew about our little lake. When I got older, I took my friends out there without supervision, and later, my boyfriends. My mom grew up there. I grew up there. My boys will grow up there.

As an adult, I've only been camping out there once or twice a summer. Life just got too busy and I'm not a huge fan of bugs, frogs, air mattresses or being dirty. I'd rather get a nice hotel and a mani/pedi. But it's important to keep it up. Since having kids, we've only been out there once, and that was three years ago. I vowed to get out there at least one night this summer. It was a lot of work, but the boys had a good time and thankfully my parents and little brother came along so we had some help. We swam in the lake, roasted hot dogs and s’mores, ate junk food, took walks in the woods, swam in the pool and relaxed in the shade of the big trees. Jacob insisted on sleeping in separate tents because I need surgery again and have been coughing like crazy. Milo is a super light sleeper and we didn't want him waking up all night long. So Nolan and I got the grand suite and Jacob and Milo took the regular tent.


I think we’ll stick to the once a summer plan until our kids are a little bit older. I felt like I nagged the whole time. Don’t run with sticks! Scoot back from the fire! Don’t run with sticks! Don’t run by the pool! Don’t run with sticks! Don’t eat rocks! Don’t run with sticks! (Seriously. My uncle ran with a stick when he was 11, fell on it had a glass eye since then. I’m terrified!) I think we spent more time packing the car, unloading the car, setting up camp, taking down camp, packing the car up again, unloading the car and doing laundry then we spent camping. And I feel like I got 45 minutes of sleep that night. It might have been closer to three hours, but I didn’t go to sleep until midnight and between outdoor animal noises, being a little cold, Nolan talking in his sleep, and the sun coming up at 5:15 am, I was up most of the night. Also, get your sh*t together nature! I need Internet out there!

17 comments:

Claire Kiefer said...

What a sweet little place! It sounds so relaxing--the perfect getaway for a weekend in the summer. My boyfriend and I bought a groupon for a camp site in Half Moon Bay and haven't used it yet--this post has me excited to! I'm sure your boys will remember trips like this forever. :)

Jen said...

All of your pictures are so cute! I especially love the one of Jacob and Nolan kissing! I agree that the packing and unloading takes more time than the actual trip! And the surgery sounds awful!

silvergirl said...

cute pictures
did the whole camping thing for about 5 years when the sons were young
paid my dues and now I will never go camping again...just not that kind of girl :)
brett

Jessica Renee said...

Oh I love this!! Your boys are gonna have awesome memories growing up there! And I'm sure it'll get more relaxing for you as the boys get older and you don't have to watch their every move ;)

Suze said...

looks like a wonderful weekend!!

and sounds like heaven.

though I am of the opinion that camping always sounds like a great idea until you're actually camping. :) last time Spencer and I went alone, we ended up with all our gear back in our car eating at Ihop at 4 am! But I do enjoy going with my parents.

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Don't run with sticks! Lol. You know, these pictures make camping look a little more tolerable. But I absolutely love how much you packed :-)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNO! No more surgery! You poor thing :(

That's really really cool that you have such deep roots in the camping community. To know that your grandpa helped build the place is awesome.

I am not a huge camper either but it always looks so fun. All of your photos look amazing and make me want to go! And for the record, you look hot when you need a shower lol. You can totally pull off no makeup ;)

Thanks for linking up!

Ashlee Miller said...

What fun! Looks like you made some amazing memories with the boys! And I agree it is completely acceptable to wear socks and flip flops while camping.

Nichole said...

Looks like a great weekend! My husband has been wanting to camp now,FOREVER. I'm a chicken tho!

April said...

I just agreed to an overnight camping trip on Friday ... say a little prayer for me - HA!!

Crystal said...

It looks and sounds wonderful. Lots of privacy and clean water, nice! I'm not a huge fan of the bugs either but if I'm geared up for it I'm good.

Morgan @ xoxo, me said...

This sounds like so much fun, and it's so cool that you have a deep-rooted family tradition in camping! I've only been camping twice and it poured both times. I'm convinced that I'm cursed.

The lake you were on looks so nice and relaxing, and that s'more looks DIVINE! Pretty jealous that you got to feast on that :)

Kalie said...

Looks like it was a good time! I chuckled a little bit at the socks on under the flip flops. Definitely only acceptable while camping! :)

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

Aww looks like a great camping trip :)

hotpants™ said...

That sounds like a perfect spot. You do realize that the whole point of camping is to not have internet, right? Says the girl who can't go anywhere without her phone...

Kate said...

What wonderful memories! Love that your boys will grow up going there too :)

Marz said...

I have only ever been camping once and that was for a youth group trip in high school. I'm not really the outdoorsy type, but all your pictures makes me want to try it again :) I love that your grandpa helped build so many things out on the camping ground. I especially love that you are continuing the tradition of bringing your boys out there the way you did when you were growing up and your mom did before you! :) That's so sweet!!! p.s. I'm craving SMORES!