We’ve been playing with the idea of camping for a while now. David and I loved camping, but like a lot of activities, young kids can make simple events much more involved (and magical, but yes, challenging). Lucky for us, the stars aligned to create an ideal toe-dip into camping.
Saturday morning we packed up and drove down to Lake Keowee in South Carolina. We promised Koda she’d love it; poor pup hates the car.
Mema and Grandpa are in the process of moving that way and between the temperature (80 during the day and about 67 at night) and the location, conditions were ideal. The entire day was packed full of fun. Kaitlyn took her first dip in a swimming pool (LOVED it) and her first ride on a boat.
Lake Keowee is unique because it’s in the foothills, making it a gorgeous place to cruise around and see the mountains. However, with kids 3 and under, we just made sure we had plenty of snacks and other boats to wave to, then crossed our fingers and waited to see how long they’d last.
We debated about Kaitlyn, but decided she’d be best inside in a pack and play instead of in the tent for this first go at it. She still was able to soak up plenty of the outdoor fun, as did Koda.
We weren’t sure how we’d handle bed time and had intentions of letting Hailey hang out with the adults until later, but she was so excited about being in the tent that we set her up with books, a flashlight and a sleeping bag around 8:00 pm and she crawled right in. We kept checking on her throughout the evening and she stayed happy as a clam in the tent, eventually falling asleep around 9:30ish.
Hailey didn’t budge when David, Koda and I all piled in the tent later that night. It was at 6:15, with the morning sun, when Hailey stirred and crawled right in between David and me for some snuggles, still excited from our ‘epic’ adventure of sleeping outside.
Thanks to the help and hospitality of Mema and Grandma, it was a wonderful inaugural camping trip! Seeing how much Hailey loved the tent convinced me that we will soon be able to go into the wilderness for real, or at least to an approved camping spot in a state park. Perhaps this fall?
We headed home in the afternoon and ended the day with a sweet message
and some cedar wrapped salmon.
A lovely weekend.
Are you a fan of camping?
Where is your favorite camping spot?
What age is a great age to start camping in your opinion?