Friday, July 25, 2014
I may have mentioned one or a thousand times that it is super expensive for all of us to travel from our 9 mile long island. So this summer I planned a 2 day camp trip at the end of the road. This would be our family vacation. I have never really camped before...especially as the adult in charge of feeding and sleeping 6 of my own children. Who, by the way, think camping is the best and most easy way to spend family time...because they basically arrive and enjoy all the fruits of our labor.
I would love camping if I could also just show up...grab a hot cooked meal, have some drinks by the fire and nestle in my camp bed after a fun night of camp stories and songs. But, I'm the mom. That is not the experience I am able to have at the moment.
So, I embraced our 2 day adventure, chopped it down to one day and went all out for 24 hours of fun, family and fires. I think me stepping into the camp life for one day vs. two was a good decision. I loved every minute of the camp. I gave it my all and had a great time. Waking up in the morning was my very favorite part. Eating breakfast on my quilts by the fire was worth all the work we put into family camp.
Pete and I talk a lot about the charmed life these kids are living here in Alaska. A dream life for a kid really. We spend most days in nature. Jack spends every waking moment fishing, thinking about fishing, and waiting for the tides to change. Beauty is all around us. Freedom is given at will. And we have each other.