all in favor of camping say ‘I’

Like many, many other families this past Memorial Day weekend, we traded in our insulated homes, our fluffy mattresses and modern conveniences like sinks and electricity for this crazy thing called camping.

{taken on our drive over to eastern washington}

Camping is a weird thing: we pack as few belongings as possible to go sleep in the dirt. In a nylon tent with only a zipper protecting us from danger. We cook food on a tiny gas stove and wash dishes in a plastic bin with cold water. We go to sleep with hair that smells of campfire and wake up bright and early when the sun comes up {and the seagulls dive bomb the campsite looking for scraps of food}.

It’s inconvenient. It’s a bit of work. It’s very dirty.

But it’s so good.

Time together outdoors with our families – without work or computers or phone service – just campfires and freeze tag and swimming in chilly lakes.  And s’mores. Don’t forget those. With peanut butter, please.

We went camping. It was inconvenient. It was a bit of work. It was very, very dirty.

But it was just what our family needed.

All in favor of camping, say ‘I’.

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25 Responses to all in favor of camping say ‘I’

  1. Lindsay May 30, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    I LOVE camping and what you said is sooo true…it’s a lot of work, but it is so worth it. There’s just something about shucking all of the modern conveniences and things that get in the way to get outside with just you, your family, and no distractions. So glad y’all had a great time!

  2. Kati May 30, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    We love to camp too. The kids think it is great and enjoy spending time outside coming up with crazy games to fill the afternoons. We also go biking, hiking and geocaching while we’re out there! :) We just got back from a weekend of camping too!

  3. Heather May 30, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Camping is so wonderful. The work, the dirt, the cold nights in the tent (we’ve had some REAL cold ones) are all worth it. I always hate to come home, because I know that the television, the video games, the computer are all back there. A technological break is so refreshing.

  4. LauraC May 30, 2012 at 7:21 am #


  5. Erica {let why lead} May 30, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Camping is even more than a bit of work! But I’m in favor! I spend days getting ready and days unpacking, all for one night’s stay, but it is always worth the memories. Beautiful, carefree photos!

  6. Shelley May 30, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    “I” Camping is good for the soul – Even it is hard work and very dirty.

  7. Donna May 30, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Camping is the most wonderful thing in the world…. Preferably before its too hot.

  8. RacheL H. May 30, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    “I!!” :) I’m planning to go camping + canoeing next weekend and I can’t even wait! Sleeping in tents, cooking over a fire, and hitting the rapids… all with good friends. You can’t beat it! :)

  9. Callie May 30, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    “I” My family and I are going camping for a week next month, in a tent with all five of us!! This will be a first with all of us so it should be exciting!! So let the work begin before it starts by going through the camping stuff! :)

  10. Diane | An Extraordinary Day May 30, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend.
    Shhh…don’t tell….I have never gone camping. But, I have gone to camp as a kid and led lots of summer camps. I know it just isn’t the same when you sleep in a cabin and go to the dining hall for meals. Maybe some day.

  11. kimber May 30, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Oh, camping. Haven’t been in forever. Competitive soccer took care of that and after that season of life ended, it just became too much work. Sadly it became more of the drag your belongings out to the woods only to bring everything back home to wash again. Kinda jaded, huh?
    But maybe it was because no one ever thought of PEANUT BUTTER on a S’more!! There’s a head-slap-duh right there!!
    Camping really is the best. Nothing better than sitting by the afternoon fire, reading a good book while the kids explore the area with their bikes. Hikes in the cool morning. Songs and stories around the campfire. Having to pee in the middle of the night and having to navigate to the bathroom. {I can go all nite at my house, but camping? ALWAYS have to pee in the nite!}

  12. Melissa May 30, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Love it…grew up doing it and will continue to do it with my babes. The inconvenient, hard work, and dirty living is so worth the rustic living in God’s creation! Love it…

  13. Susan May 30, 2012 at 10:05 am #


  14. Brooke May 30, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Hey your pictures look like my home :) Were you at Steamboat Rock State Park? We were just up there camping a few weeks ago and we live in Coulee City!

    • emily May 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      We were at SunLakes … so close!

  15. Liz Cheek May 30, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    “I.” You worded camping to a T,and it is so great!

  16. I Live in an Antbed May 30, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    We love camping! We did invest in a travel trailer several years ago and have pulled it from West Texas to the Smokey Mountains, to the U.P. in Michigan, to the very northwest corner of Montana to Glacier NP, and all over in between. It is so cathartic to have our world reduced to what fits in our home on wheels. It makes me want to throw everything else away! Hahahaha! Glad you had a glorious campout!

  17. Mary May 30, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    You were in our neck of the woods! :)

    Personally camping is not my favorite thing. I’m more of a ‘camping at a hotel’ kind of girl! However, since we now live in eastern Washington (and the kids are a little older) my husband wants to go.

  18. Melanie Schmidt May 30, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    “I”. We too went camping this weekend… Scenic Beach State Park over by Seabeck. Beautful area. Rhododendrons everywhere! Smoke smell and all we ate at a little cafe monday morning on our way back home. ‘Barbie’s Cafe’. Beautiful view plus friendly locals equals a great way to end a camping weekend. Wish I could post a pic. Ya for camping! ;)

  19. Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista May 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Love this! Sometimes we have to look pack inconveniences to really put our family first. This is such a beautiful and inspiring post on family!

  20. Danielle May 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    We went camping too and it was very fun! Just what we needed too. It was our first time with kids, it had been SIX years since we camped!

  21. Amanda May 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I love camping!

  22. Andrea May 31, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    That looks like Sun Lakes State park:) We go there every year in June, it’s a tradition 10+ years in the making. We love it there! Looks like you had a blast!

  23. Nora May 31, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    “I” I never got to go camping until my daughter was in Camp Fire Girls. I loved it. It really makes you appreciate a shower.

  24. Kristy V May 31, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Steamboat Rock is the BEST! We have been going for 15 years with our son and this year get to have our granddaughter there too! Keep the memories forever!!

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