Sunday, March 22, 2009

Camping

We went camping Friday night. It was exciting, cold, simple, exhausting, complex, centering, humbling, peaceful, crazy, and cold. I can't help all those contradictions. Somehow it was both ends of the spectrum. Chris and I both thought, in the middle of the night when both kids were inconsolably crying, "lets never do this again" and yet I'm already thinking about our next camping trip. There is some need to be out in the wild with the wind, darkness, moss-covered trees, leaf and pine needle strewn paths, and clean air. I just need to wait until it is a bit warmer (unless we get better gear) to satisfy that need. So, notes to Next-Year-Self: Yes, it is still too cold to go camping in March ... even in California. No, not even bringing every blanket you own will help. Yes, it was a good idea to cook your dinner and freeze it before hand. No, you can't count on there being firewood at the campsite.

5 comments:

aaron and joni said...

love it...
wish we could have been there :O)
hope to see you soon!
sly

MandaMommy said...

Good notes. It's hard to remember after the memories have worn off a bit how cold camping can really be, and how much kids don't sleep... We really should plan a nice warm trip sometime. That would be a fun one to do with lots of people. Our ward should do ward campouts.

Ryan + Jess said...

You guys are so brave for doing that...we still haven't attempted it and it is still WAY too cold up here. Maybe some day.

Chris, your hair is getting LONG! You've got some sweet wings going.

Libby said...

i love that family picture!

brittany said...

wow! so fun and so brave! There is something about nature, especially this time of year, that just calls for you to be a part of it.