Well…. I guess I’m not surprised by the outcome, but the events we encountered were not the anticipated hurtles.
Camping for kids means running around, getting dirty, staying up a little later than usual and plenty of people around to get attention from. These things make camping fun for me. I like that my kids can be free and play with the other kids, explore and discover.
What I don’t like is when they constantly injure themselves while they’re doing it.
We had multiple tumbles, scrapes and owies. Fortunately they did not seem to acquire any bug bites. Those were left for mommy. I got no less than 28 bites, some in very inconvenient places. Okay… so we’re camping by a creek and there are bugs. I can deal with that. What I had a much harder time dealing with… a leaking tent.
Every morning we woke up to wet blankets from getting dripped on most of the night. At first I thought it was because I hadn’t tethered the rain fly to be pulled tight. It would touch the mesh of the tent roof and condensate, causing it to drip on us. So I tethered the rain fly.
We still got dripped on.
And then it rained overnight.
This is when we found out that the tent itself is not leak-proof. All the seams were seeping water. This meant that the whole rain fly was simply taking the water from the top and funneling it to specific places. This is a surprise considering the tent is less than 4 years old.
We used a little tent heater to dry our things out each day and then survive another night. And then we opted to leave a day early because rain was again in the forecast.
On a positive note, our 18-month-old slept pretty well! He bunked in the trailer with grandma and grandpa, so he was always warm and dry. Well…. until he wandered off and was found standing ankle-deep in the creek.
If I had gotten better sleep I’m sure things would have been a bit better all around. We still had fun, and the boys in particular were thrilled to be outside for four days. But there is always a supreme joy in coming home, taking a shower and sleeping in your own warm bed with a solid roof over your head.
The best thing of all in coming home was that I finally got to sleep at night for more than 30 minutes at a time. Bliss!
And you know what the really crazy thing about all this is? We’ll do it all again next year.