Camping and the Forever Memories…
The subject of Camping was never spoken about while I was growing up, it’s just something that wasn’t done or thought of. As I grew up, I familiarized camping with something only a certain type of outdoors(y) people did. Being from the suburbs, and a very traditional Mexican Family; our weekends were based on “carne asadas” (what we call a bbq/picnic”, or the park or beaches; since we lived in San Diego, California.
As I got married and had children of my own, it was just something that looked so foreign to me, or scary as my kids were all very young.
I remember one summer, I did buy them sleeping bags and tiny pop-up tents, and let them camp out in the living room. That was it, that was the extent of our camping experiences.
Fast forward to 2011, our Family of 8 drove from San Diego, California to New York in our minivan, and it was definitely an adventure. We stayed in hotels, and the one constant thing the kids asked, was if we could camp out one of those nights. This was especially requested while we spent three days at the Grand Canyon.
Camping and the Forever Memories…
Being that the drive was stressful enough, we ignored it and made it to NY. Since living here, camping is something that a lot of Families do out here, especially in the Summer months. All of our kids’ friends, go camping at least twice, and every time I get asked why we can not go.
My Husband’s Family has a traditional yearly camping weekend, and last year was the first time we were able to attend. We didn’t spend the night as my kids would have wanted, but we spent an entire day with the Family. There was laughter, and football, and hide & seek, and stories, memories, and so much more. It was literally 100 times better than anything I ever imagined.
The laughs my children had with their cousins and Uncles, and s’mores by the campfire; that night I realized what it mean to go Camping and the Forever Memories…
This year our children are 11, 12, 14, 17, 20, 23, and I have had a year filled with realizations of the years going by. This Summer will be our oldest Daughter’s last Summer home before she becomes a Senior in High School and goes off to College soon after. I have one last Summer with her, one last Summer to make as many amazing memories as we can, one last Summer before my baby girl grows up and leaves the nest. This is why we have chosen KOA to spend our camping nights in, the fun is just too much!
So with all the talk about making this last Summer as special as we can, we have all decided that we are taking the entire Summer off and driving back home to San Diego, we are driving through the entire United States, without a care in the world; we will go where the wind takes us and we will make the best memories that we can make. Since my Husband is working full-time, as well as attending School full-time, he will only fly out to join us a few times during the Summer, so it will be an epic road trip adventure with just the kids and I. Of course there has been talks of camping, so we have added sleeping bags & tents to our list, and we plan to enjoy the outdoors as much as we can.
The fear I had of camping in a dangerous area has long gone, see, I discovered what KOA is; and after visiting their website and seeing first hand the facilities; I feel confident in knowing that I can go camping alone with my children and we will be in a safe and managed area. Knowing that there are identifiable staff for us gives me peace of mind.
After last Summer, and this upcoming Summer, I truly believe that every Family should go camping at least once in their lives, wether in a tent under the night sky, or in a cabin with the comforts of a roof;
it is definitely an experience you ill never forget.
Have you been camping recently? Have any camping trips planned for this year?
Do you have tips and tricks that you would like to share with us “first timers”?