Thursday, June 28, 2012

Adventures in Camping

A few weeks back my husband was sent out of town for work. Since it's becoming quite nice out here, and we're up here to start saving money we thought it was a good idea for Ben to camp while out of town. It saved us a butt-load of money!! And it gave Adelynne & I the opportunity to go camping too!

So I posted the question on Facebook asking of those who have taken a baby camping before if they have any tips or hints they could pass along. I got a couple of basic answers: be OK with dirt, bring a playpen, bring something for white-noise, have fun, and bring wipes!

Adelynne & I picked a good sunny day to drive down to see daddy! We packed up our stuff and headed off! The drive from G.P. to Whitecourt is about 3hrs, and is incredibly gorgeous!!! It's so green, and lush, and just full of beauty! And wildlife!! There is quite the stretch that is actually labelled: "Moose Row" and there are a couple of big yellow moose signs to indicate that you had better be careful and keep your eyes open. Many probably don't know this about me, but I'm like a little kid when it comes to wildlife. Ben laughs at my reaction of seeing wildlife EVERY TIME! No joke! So here I am, driving, while trying to keep my eyes peeled for moose! Unfortunately, no moose on the drive down, but I did get to see dear, which is always fun.

Finally Ady and I arrive in Whitecourt and start looking for the camp ground. Now, since I'm from BC, when I think of the word "camping" it brings to mind fires, and tarps, and marshmallows, and of course, tents. So naturally I assume we're going to be camping. I was a little misled. I guess my first clue should have been the name of our campsite: "Camp-in Town." My second clue should have been the fact that our campsite was actually an RV site...we were the only tent in the site!

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But there we were, camping in our tent, our TWO room tent that is! When we go camping, we go luxury camping; it's awesome. We have our "bedroom" on one side and our "kitchen/living" on the other. And because Ben was camping for a month, he was able to get power into the tent, which allowed for a mini fridge, blender use, cell phone chargers, etc. Pretty sweet. If you notice in the picture, there is also enough space for his truck to fit underneath and beside. It was the largest tarp I have ever seen in my life.

I'd say we were pretty set up. Our set up made camping that much more enjoyable. And Adelynne seemed to do really well too! She loves playing outside, and checking things out, so it was so nice to give her this experience while she is so young. Hopefully she'll continue to love camping and the outdoors for life :)

Camping was such an enjoyable time: Ady and I just hung out, went for walks, and when she had her three hour afternoon nap, I read and caught up on Pinterst :) Such fun!

Now, of course, since Adelynne is a baby, and super curious, and teething, she loved to chew on rocks. I can't say that this is my favourite new thing of her's. She does have two bottom now, and it would be terrible if she were to chip one or something needless to say, I was constantly taking rocks out of her mouth. But not only does Ady like to chew on rocks, she likes to eat dirt/sand. Handfuls of it. Now, I'm not sure if other parents just let their babies eat dirt, because like I was warned, they'll get dirty, but I was a little apprehensive. I did however let her try some...heck, if you don't let them in front of you once to get it out of their system then they'll just keep doing it when you're not looking!! And thankfully I've also learned the are of distraction!!

Trying out some sand

Happy Girl!

We had a ton of fun going down to the river, eating outdoors, checking the town out, and of course, seeing daddy <3  Ben loved having us down too, and almost all of his work friends couldn't believe we were camping a) in a tent and b) with a a tent!

One of my favourite moments was getting to some dear...walking through our campsite :) They just came to get some food; I guess that tree just looked far better than any other!

Another favourite moment(s) was getting to watch Ady & Daddy, and just spending time out of the house as a family. When your husband works out of town, and 7 days a week, those family moments just seem to be that much more special.

I'm thankful for those few tips I received, but since having gone camping now, twice, I have a few tips of my own:

1. Bottled fed baby? While I still do majority nursing vs. formula, I still have to feed Ady formula, which requires boiled water. Solution: Bring a thermos. That way you don't have to keep boiling water for every feed. So much handier.

2. Bring a highchair. We have a kind that sits on a regular chair. I love it. This way I could give Ady some snacks while I'm making dinner, and they didn't get dirt all over them (unless she threw them of course...)

3.Water shoes. These little guys are brilliant. They are similar to socks, but they stay on the feet!! Her little feet & toes were safe the whole time. A worthwhile investment.

4. Be more than OK with the dirt. As one friend said: "kids are washable." Besides, if you're camping in or near a town there's usually a swimming pool...what a great way to get clean ;)

5. Take it easy & laugh often. Maybe this is just a regular life tip, but it sure helps when camping. Rain or shine. Tent or RV. Camping is a FUN time, not a stress time.

I hope you enjoy your summer and that you get out and take part in some fun family experiences. I think we might just go camping again.

PS. On my drive home, I got to see that moose I was looking for...and I yelled a myself...

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you guys had so much fun camping! I loved all the photo's! I enjoyed your tips too and I will have to remember them for when I become a mom.