When our kids were younger, my husband really wanted to start camping. But this was a big commitment. The 9 hour drive was a bit much for me. IF something went wrong (a kid got sick, hurt, really bad weather) we would be pretty well stuck. I was nervous. So, the first year we only stayed 4 days. I eased my way into it.
We go at the end of the summer, and it really gets us grounded and ready for the crazy school year ahead. I love the teamwork that camping asks of all of us, and my kids cry when we leave every year.
Here are some of my favorite pics from the trip...
We also spent a morning rafting down the Merced river. This year it was amazing because there was so much water. The risk of going so late in the summer is that all of the waterfalls and the river are pretty well dried up by the time we get there. But this year was different, and we really got to see a lot of water. Yay!
There is just such a sweetness about camping. It is hard work, but the memories are so worth it. I love that my phone is off, there is no television or radio. My family and I can just be together, sing songs (their new favorite is "How Great Thou Art" that they learned at vacation Bible school), and live simply: even if only for 8 days, 7 nights (the maximum you can stay, and how long we stay every year after that first one). It is an amazing time, spent in an amazing place. It is THE perfect way to end our summer.
Happy Thursday everyone!