Saturday, August 22, 2015

Into the Woods

Two weeks ago we went on our first ever family camping trip!  Aunt Missy and her clan having been going every year, and when they invited us along this year, I thought it would be a great experience for Joseph.  I haven't been camping since I was in high school!  We borrowed most of the recommended gear from friends, and it sure seemed like a lot for just one night only.

To be honest, camping at Pohick Bay would hardly qualify as "roughing it," with electricity at every campsite, a store for every convenience you forgot, and comfort stations with showers.  The campgrounds are inside a large regional park that includes mini golf, Pirate's Cove water park, multiple playgrounds, and areas to rent kayaks and paddle boats.  It's barely 20 miles outside of the city.

The one thing I did buy was an air mattress, figuring we could always use it again for sleepovers and such.  There was a little mix up in communication about air pumps, but luckily another family had a foot pump to borrow, and we all pitched in to get it inflated.  I definitely took some ribbing for bringing one of my quilts along (as well as a sound machine!), but if we're talking about the creature comforts of home, another guy brought along his CPAP machine for sleep apnea, and there was some pretty constant Facebooking and cell phone charging going on.

After setting up camp, we took a little hike down to the bay.  Some of the kids jumped right into the water, but Joseph got a fishing lesson from one of the other dads, and he really enjoyed it.  There were 8 kids all together, so there was always some action going on.

We spread out over two campsites, each with a fire ring and a grill.  Missy took care of dinner and I brought the fixings for s'mores.  Everyone brought snacks to share, and our friend Jen had awesome music going over a bluetooth speaker.  Mis also did a scavenger hunt for the kids and brought glow sticks.  This was definitely a fun introduction to camping for Joseph!

As always, my boy was up at the crack of dawn.  So as not to disturb everyone else (even though they kept us up for hours with their talking around the fire well past midnight) the 2 of us headed out for a stroll in the woods and were treated to an absolutely  spectacular sunrise.  Being up early has its perks!

After breakfast the kids played for a bit while we packed up camp, and then we hiked down to the bay again once more before heading home.

All together, we were probably there for less than 18 hours, and I'm sure what we did was probably more "glamping" than camping, but we had a great time and would love to do it again.


Rob said...

Looks like fun- but I'm with you. I'd rather stay in a hotel and then walk the trails early in the morning. :)

Missy said...

Love your review! Laugh out loud good times my friend. :)