Last week, we went on the most magical camping trip at Priest Lake State Park. If you've been reading Swiss Lark since we were in Switzerland, then you know that our first attempt at camping as parents was enough to turn us off from ever camping with a baby again! Now that Theo is almost two, when we saw a tough-to-get camping space open up for one night, we decided to give it another go. I am so glad we did.
As soon as we arrived, we set about getting our camp in order. Coco and Theo were fascinated by the entire process of pitching the tent and organizing the food, firewood and camp chairs.
I insisted we go to REI the day before we left to get the camp chairs. They make all the difference in having a relaxing time by the fire versus getting a sore back and wanting to go to bed. We love them!
Once we were all set up, J and Coco went for a swim and Theo and I walked along the shore.
For dinner, we had sausages and grilled veggies. I mixed up olive oil with herbs and salt and pepper in a little jar before we left to pour over the veggies. They turned out so delicious that even the kids gobbled them up!
After dinner it was time for s'mores, otherwise known as the real reason anyone goes camping! We sat around the fire until the sun set and watched little bats fly overhead. Then, we were all awestruck when we saw the full moon rise over the mountains. It made such an impression on Theo, he learned a new word: "Moo."
We woke up happy and rested after a quiet and uneventful night. Such a pleasant surprise!
Theo was fascinated that we cooked breakfast right over the campfire! I didn't think it was possible, but I'm even more in love with our cast iron skillet now.
After some more beach time, we packed up our camp. Then we went on a gorgeous hike and had a picnic at the top before heading back home. Coco held her own and did almost the entire five miles (with elevation gain) by herself!
It was so great to finally have the camping trip we've been dreaming of since before we had kids. For us, I think the key really was waiting until they were old enough to be engaged in each part of the process. We can't wait to go back. Do you camp with your kids? What are your best tips and tricks for making it a success?