Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Connections, Family, Summer, Traditions, Travel | Posted on 18-07-2012
Tags: camping, connecting, family, simple, simplicity, summer, tradition
I returned home from a camping trip with my family. To the same old campsite we go every year. The same old trees. The same old lake. The same old dock. The same old hiking trails. The same old s’mores, spray cheese, hot dogs, and bean dip.
That’s what makes this trip so special to me. It’s one of our annual traditions. And it brings us back to connecting as a family. And to nature.
No, we don’t sing Cumbaya around the campfire (yeah…have you HEARD me sing? #frightful).
Besides the pure, natural beauty of camping in the Pacific Northwest, there’s the beauty of simplicity. Face it, we don’t have to make difficult decisions while camping:
- hike or swim?
- play Monopoly or Sorry?
- explore or bike?
- Oreos or Chips Ahoy?
- balance on the logs or skip rocks?
- sit in the sun or sit in the shade?
We met up with a forest ranger named Jennifer at a “campfire talk” on ecosystems. She distributed neon rubber wristbands that say “Smokey’s Friend.” I am still wearing mine. And I probably won’t take it off for awhile.
This simple bracelet is a reminder of the quality time I spent with my family…connecting and enjoying the simpler things in life.