Well, the title should actually be “Went Camping” as we’re already done, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring, does it.
For years Scott and I have talked about getting a camper. Talk talk talk. We both enjoy being outdoors and there is such a short window of camping time in Texas because of the extreme summer heat, so tent camping only takes us so far. Plus, you know, the kids. I know we could camp in tents with kids, but we’re kind of wimpy that way.
Finally, after enough talk, we got a small camper a few weeks ago. We took our first trip this past weekend to Beavers Bend State Park in southeastern Oklahoma, about three hours from home. Sunshine was in the forecast when we planned the trip, but unfortunately the rain sent us home a night early. We took advantage of the dry time that we did have and had a blast. I can’t wait until we can go on our next trip. I’m hoping there are many adventures and memories ahead for our little family.
Beavers Bend is a gorgeous park but the RV sites are first come, first serve with very few reserved spots (which are reserved out for weeks). What we are finding is that our “fly by the seat” travel philosophy doesn’t fit well with camping as spots go quickly. We are having this trouble with Yellowstone for this summer as people have been reserving for a year! I think the weather thwarted many campers’ plans this weekend, though, and we got lucky with a lovely riverside campsite.
The girls did great camping. Elle loved it and we “hiked” out to the different playgrounds and a little stream down the way. Elle loves exploring and has no qualms with getting a little (or a lot) dirty. The fresh air did us all amazing good. Our one oversight was not bringing a baby carrier other than the hefty hiking pack or bringing anywhere to set her down outside. She hung out in the hiking pack much of the time but it wasn’t ideal.
Both girls slept well in the camper–Evie was so tired that she ended up sleeping until 10:30 the next morning after one early morning nursing. I wondered how she would sleep in the pack and play but she didn’t make a single peep after I put her down for sleep. On Saturday we cooked breakfast (outdoor cooking might just be my favorite part of camping), played outside, and then drove around the park exploring while it rained. We ate pizza at a local restaurant before deciding to pack up and head back to Dallas as a huge storm was headed our way. I’m sad our trip got caught a little short but it was a wonderful time together.