Carver, Emma and I set out on a hike last Friday on the Cedar Point Trail, about a five-minute drive from our house. Armed with our painted egg carton tote, an idea we got from Family Fun magazine (www.familyfun.go.com), we filled our carton with colorful items we found in nature. The kids spent at least an hour searching for tiny crabs and playing in the marsh water. In fact, we had such a good time that I called up my husband and said, “Let’s camp out at Cedar Point tonight!” (Cedar Point Campground, www.recreation.gov) To my surprise, he was game for some spontaneity and even headed off to Wal-Mart to buy some new camping supplies.
For $17 (we aren’t going to count the new camping gear) we had ourselves a little get-away not too far away. We ended up running home a few times for forgotten medicine, etc. and my husband could even go to work for a few hours the next morning. Perfect.
My grandparents and I used to go camping all the time when I was young. No, not in the woods. In a campground and in a tent and together, with no technology, yes. It was nice for my kids to have the same sort of get-away. We were so close to home yet so far away from our typical days.
My kids are at home outside anyway. They really are. We have stopped buying them so many toys because they all go un-played with. When it’s warm (and I can’t wait until we live somewhere where it always is!) they would rather be outside, all hours of the day.
Emma went for her first kayak ride on our mini trip. And yes, that is me at 6 1/2 months pregnant rowing her. Hey, gotta stay active. I will admit, however, I was exhausted afterwards and loved sliding into my comfy, comfy bed with three pillows that night!