Yes, it is work, yes it can be a little dirty with little ones, yes we come home tired but a good tired but I really cannot imagine not camping with the family. I am hear to tell you why you should camp with your kids.
Now I have done it in all ways, but having a trailer is awesome. Though if I did not have one I would still do it in a tent
Here we are all set up on the first day. Hubby and I have a system. We arrive and he dials it in outside and I get the inside all set up. Takes about 20 minutes.
Here are the reasons I love camping so much:
Your kids spend more time together. Here I was pulling these two around in the big wagon.
You get to meet some really great camping neighbors. These horses would come by each day to the fence on the other side of our campsite. I sat for hours this trip just watching these beauties and the amazing view.
You feel free to act like a goofball around the campfire. A few nights on our trip all the folks in town came out to our campsite for the fire. We made smores of all kinds. We use Hersheys, white chocolate and my favorite Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
We spent days here. I live in an urban area and don't like crowds so I love to vacation in nature. I would take a national park over a city vacation any day. Just how I am. Kids do not have as much freedom outdoors as we did but I feel camping gives them a chance to be outdoors and use their imaginations. We only ventured into town for the grocery store one day. We ate simply in camp each day.
No T.V. You really unplug when camping. We had no idea what was going on in the world and that was good. It is very healthy to get away from it all these days. My kids read, colored, played games. Just a slower more relaxing pace of life. I never want to come home.
One of my all time favorite things is getting to spend whole days with this guy. He works so much that when we are camping, it is so wonderful to just sit around the campsite outdoors talking and spending time together.
We camped on the Central Coast at San Simeon Creek State Park.