I am on VACATION! WOOHOO! Which means I wrote this post several days ago and scheduled it to go up so that I could take a break from the computer and make memories with me kids! Sure they are just riding in the car memories at this point but still we are on VACATION!
The car is loaded down with all our camping and backpacking gear plus all the clothes and extra things that we need just for a great visit at Uncle Craig's house in Denver. The girls could not be more thrilled about this trip and excited about all the things that we have told them we will be doing. They have NO idea just how many hours they are about to spend in the car...I decided it was better to surprise them with that fun! HA!
This is a much needed break. A much needed recharge for our family and our first big camping trip as a family of four. Chris and I have both camped all of our lives and we have both backpacked before we were together and as a couple. SO I am so excited to do all of this with the girls and get to experience all of this as a family. With hopefully many more of these in the future.
But, before any of this could happen I needed to get ready. Which for me meant reaching out to all of you for advice! Go here to see all the great posts that were linked up and be sure to add your own if you have one! Thanks so much to Creekside Learning, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Curly Bug, Adventure Tykes and No I Will Not Carry That Rock for linking up and giving me so much great advice!
Getting ready also meant I needed to find a good book. And I found a great one!
The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids by Helen Olsson. I got lots of great advice for what to pack, what to expect and advice on how to handle different situations from this book. The most seasoned camper or backpacker may not need the gear section but if they are taking along their kids for the first time they may really need the "Five Ways to Curb Whining" section. And an early childhood educator may have no problem keeping their kids entertained at the camp site but may really struggle with knowing what kind of trip to plan and how long to plan it for. There are literally sections in this book for everyone!
Well organized, well written and a quick read make this a great resource for anybody that plans on taking kids out into the wild for a camping, hiking or backpacking trip!
Okay, I will be popping on here occassionally over the next 10 days but my posts will be brief. If you want to hear more about what we are doing and see photos you should follow me on Facebook! I am going to try and get stuff up there a bit more often. But again, I am on VACATION and plan to be unplugged making memories with my family as much as I can!