June 13, 2011

Our First Camping Trip

Given the choice between sleeping in a tent or a five-star hotel, I'm picking luxury every time. Still, I know how to rough it and I'm not opposed to camping. My daughters have been asking to go camping for the past few summers. This year I decided to sign up for my moms of multiples group camping trip. 
Overall, we had a great time. Especially since we slept in our "vacation lodge." I find it quite humorous that any tent would have the word "lodge" in it.
We were the first to arrive, so we ended up with a campsite with a breathtaking view of the nearby lake and mountains. We spent all day Saturday exploring the area, throwing rocks into the lake and just enjoying nature.

(Not bad for a picture taken with the camera propped on a rock).
There were only a few drawbacks. For our first trip, this was a tad too primitive. There was no running water and the bathroom was basically a hole in the ground. One of my girls was terrified she would fall in the hole... can you blame her? We were all glad to be away from "the stinky potty" when we came home. Plus, while it was nice during the day (70's) it was literally freezing at night. In fact, the first night it may have been below freezing. The girls did great. Sue Sue burrowed into her sleeping bag each night and woke up nice and warm. They each slept in lined pants, a shirt, a jacket and a hat and seemed fine. Hubby and I had trouble sleeping but the girls woke up well rested each morning.
All in all, there were 8 families for a total of 25 kids (all triplets, except our family). The girls had a blast making new friends and visiting everyone's campsite and eating s'mores every night.
Here we are, six loads of laundry later (only 4 or 5 more left), exhausted and happy. My girls want to know if we can go camping next weekend, too!

9 comments:

Jen said...

I am glad it worked out well for you. My husband has been talking about going camping FOREVER but...like you I prefer 5 stars!! Plus none of our kids like to get dirty. Haha.

MaryAnne said...

I like camping - at sites where the bathrooms have showers with warm water, and flushing toilets!

But I would still choose a 5-star hotel over a campsite anytime! And the idea of a tent being referred to as a lodge cracks me up.

Quadmama said...

The camping trip the group is doing next month is at a campground with showers, flush toilets, etc. We're not available for that trip. Go figure.

Stephanie said...

You are a brave lady to take so many little girls camping! And you're my hero because they actually enjoyed it! Can't wait to do this in a few years with my little girlies!

reanbean said...

I agree with Stephanie. So, so brave of you to take on that kinds of camping with young kids. But it sounds like the girls really loved it and that you and hubby were able to enjoy it as well. How many nights were you there?

Quadmama said...

We were there for two nights. My biggest piece of advice for camping with little ones is to take little chairs for them and insist they sit in the chairs whenever you do s'mores, fire, etc.

Marilynne said...

It sounds like your camping trip was a success. I tried, without success, to get my girls to go "Indian style" - that is, use an outhouse, but they totally refused. You know what they'd say if it was totally Indian style.

jungletwins said...

Awesome!! Four little beauties in a beautiful locale. Bet that was a TON of work, but also a ton of fun- good for you guys :)

Now I want to go camping...

Quadmama said...

The most work happened when we came home. The area had little vegetation so there was dirt everywhere. I've done laundry every day since Sunday!

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