Last week we tried something new. We went camping. I was nervous. I like being comfortable and I like sleeping in my own bed. But my nine year old son really wanted to try camping, so we decided to give it another try. Derek and I camped once, when Grace was a baby, and we didn't like it at all...cold and mosquitoes were the theme of that trip. Then, when we got home from that trip, all of our brand new camping gear was stolen. So that was the end of that. A few years later, we were given a tent, and we used it once, to sleep in the backyard. Then it sat in storage for a long time, until I read about a homeless camp in our city and decided to give it to someone who would actually use it. I figured that we just weren't camping people. But our boy can be quite persuasive, so we decided to borrow a tent and give it one more try. I'm so glad we did, because this time, we had a lot of fun
We went to a KOA campground near a town called Concrete, at the foot of the North Cascades, which was actually very beautiful- in spite of it's unfortunate name. Neither Derek nor I had ever been here, so we didn't really know what to expect. But the website said that there were hot showers, electricity and water at the campsites, and wifi at the clubhouse, so it sounded good to me.
We cooked our food on a campfire, slept in a tent, and we got to enjoy being in the woods, near a creek- so I think it was just the right amount of rustic.
I was a little surprised and disappointed at how close the campsites were to each other. There was zero privacy. Fortunately, we had some great neighbors, and we actually spent most of the evening sitting around their campfire, talking and having a great time. The kids made friends quickly too, which made it easy for us to relax, since they were busy and having fun.
On our way home, we decided to check out the town of Concrete. WA. It was quite charming.
So camping was a success, and we have our son to thank- because we wouldn't have gone if he wouldn't have pushed us out of our comfort zone and persuaded us to try something new. Although I wouldn't mind being a little more comfortable while camping....an R.V. would be nice. Next year, we'll invest in some gear and go more often. I love that we can bring our dog with us too.