After a weekend of camping at Cunningham Falls State Park, I thought I would share the wisdom we learned from our first family camping trip.
1. Don’t freak out when you see a snake on the path to the bathroom. It may, in turn, freak out the kids.
2. Know the lyrics of fun camp songs to entertain the kids while cooking dinner by campfire. An oldie, but goodie might be:
Have you ever gone fishing on a bright and sunny day,
With all the little fishys swimming up and down the bay,
With their hands in their pockets,
And their pockets in their pants,
All the little fishys do the hoochy-cuchy dance.
3. Bring rain gear. It’s Murphy’s Law that if you have the rain gear, it will not rain; if you don’t, it will definitely rain!
4. S’mores are delicious on homemade chocolate cookies.
5. Bring a broom AND a dustpan. Helpful when cleaning out the tent before packing it up. This is a lesson my mom told me when we were already camping. Wish I had known sooner.
6. Two yoga mats do not equal a sleeping pad.
7. “When the sun wakes up” is early! (Mason has been taught to not come to our room until the sun wakes up. This plan backfires when sleeping outside.)
8. 18-month-old boys like to throw rocks and sticks. Rocks and sticks are aplenty when camping. Henceforth, 18-month-old boys like camping. (Ok, we don’t know for sure if Cooper liked it since he can’t talk in full sentences yet, but he definitely enjoyed throwing rocks and sticks.)
9. Frozen Eggo waffles cook up nicely on a campfire.
10. “Boom Boom Pow” easily gets stuck in your head for a long time! (And kids pick up on the lyrics quickly!)
Despite and because of the lessons that we learned, we had a great time camping. In fact, we can’t wait to do it again. Whether it is backyard camping or more adventurous camping, it just might become a Lake tradition.