Camping: Trial Run

This weekend has been full of all types of outdoor activities. I am very happy that the weather complied and provided SUPER weather so that we could go camping. Finally.

Denys and I have taken Sasha camping before, when my parents were in charge of setting everything up, and it went somewhat well. The last time we took him, however, was a nightmare because he ended up having a huge meltdown at bedtime that traumatized us all. Denys was extremely apprehensive about going with the kids, especially now that we have two, but I eventually talked him into it. Sasha has grown up a lot since then and we have worked through his meltdowns. I knew that there was nothing to be afraid of, and I am here to say that we survived and had loads of FUN.

Provo Canyon has a lot of different camping sites, but since this was a trial run, I picked Nunn’s Park for its kid friendly atmosphere. The site is located right along the Provo River Parkway and only a short walk away from Bridal Veil Falls. There is also a playground with lots of room for running around. I’d highly recommend checking it out.

Initially, it was hard for me to find information on reserving a spot. After searching the web forever, I found that it is “first come first serve”. Is that how it is with most campsites? Anyway, we showed up at 4 PM and got the very last spot. Lucky. Our spot came with a picnic table, fire pit, grill, and had room for two large tents, ALL for only $15 a night.

This was our first time actually prepping and planning to go camping. Like I said before, my parents were always in charge. I knew that we would run into some trouble or forget things, but was willing to just go for it. There is no way for us to learn how to do this whole camping-with-kids thing if we just stay at home always afraid of what might go wrong. If you’re reading this, then maybe you can learn some things from us.

Items we forgot or needed more of:

Pillows (they were packed but didn’t make it to the car)
More garbage bags
Broom and dust pan (for inside the tent)
A hand towel
Drinking water (our friends picked some up on their way, plus there were drinking fountains)
A warm sweater/jacket/coat for Sasha

Lessons we learned:

For a good site, come MUCH earlier in the day or even the day before in this case.
Kids should NOT sleep with you in your sleeping bag! (I had Liev with me, but later regretted this decision.)
Raccoons. (I warned our friends to put away their food, but they didn’t believe me.)
Camping was MORE fun than scary to do with kids. It wasn’t scary at all! (GO)
A night in nature is good for the soul.
Attitude is everything.

If we ever go camping farther away from home or for a longer stay, we now have an idea of what one day of camping looks like. Sasha would have stayed longer for sure, but I’m not sure I could do much more with little kids. Could you?

What’s your favorite campout food? Everything seems to taste much better when it’s cooked over the campfire, right?


3 thoughts on “Camping: Trial Run

  1. I *always* forget pillows. It’s inevitable. Looks like a super fun time, nonetheless! Also, I was nuzzled once by a skunk because my friends left food out. It was precious and terrifying. Lol

    I really need to get my butt in gear and go camping this year.


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