We picked our spot (Taconic State Park in Copake Falls, NY), reserved a site, and loaded up the car. By "loaded," I literally mean, loaded. It was a tight squeeze, folks. Our sweet pooch had a 1'x2' landing for the 60-mile trip.
|Partially unpacked car. The dog got half of the towel for the ride!|
On a side note, the towel was also a diaper changing station.
I don't really have any recipes to share, because we ate typical camping food - foil dinners, pancakes from a mix, eggs and bacon, picnic lunch of summer sausage and cheese, and grilled bratwurst (yep, heavy on the meats). But I do have a few tips to share for those out there who may find themselves camping with young kids (of the toddler variety and younger.)
Here I would like to give a big shout out to my cousin Becky in DC. The girls and I visited her last month, and on a simple walk around her neighborhood my potty-training toddler said she needed to go. Yikes! What does a mom do in the city when the girl says she can't hold it? She asks Cousin Becky, nurse and former camp counselor, for help. Becky came to the rescue and taught my firstborn how to pee in the grass - an accomplishment she was so excited about that it was the first thing she told her daddy when we skyped later that evening. Turns out, that lesson was really a valuable one for camping in the woods. Sure, we were close enough to the bath house that we could've run down there in a jiffy. But what's camping if not a little extra practice for those skills that don't get used much?
Snacks - not just for the kids. Pack enough snacks for every snacking member of the family to have two sustain-you-for-a-good-while snacks a day. Because, dinner might be late, or it might rain when you're trying to pack up, or your toddler might need a distraction from the poison ivy that is surrounding the campsite. Some of my favorite snacks to bring along are nuts, cheeses, avocados, crackers, dried fruits, granola, and beef jerky.
|We are happy! We have recently had snacks!|
Lighten up - We had a discussion about this. Seriously. Because I was falling apart instead of enjoying this trip for what it was. So what if our camping trips aren't what they used to be ... so what if I forgot to bring the potty seat and the kid has to go 4 times an hour ... so what if my infant screams at me every time I set her down. We're not choosing to go camping because it's the easiest way to spend our weekend. We're choosing to go camping because it's an activity that is important to our family and that grounds us in reality and beauty and reminds us of the joys and surprises of the created world. The challenges will pass. Really, what we will remember is that we did it.
Just a few more pictures of the camping adventures ...
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