Joys Of Family Camping

Welcome to the Joys of Family Camping. In this series I’ll draw on my own camping experiences to help you understand why I think that camping is the best family building experience there is. My family discovered camping when I was 13 years old and in the 39 years that followed, I’ve had some great family experiences while camping. In the process, I’ll turn you on to some great places to camp and help you make a list of the basic equipment you’ll need.

One of my favorite things about camping is the chance to experience wildlife in a totally new way. The earliest example of this I can remember was on our very first camping trip. It was June of 1969 and my dad decided that we would try camping for our summer vacation. Dad decided we were going to visit Assateague Island National Seashore and see the wild ponies. Imagine how cool it was for my brother, sister and I (aged 4, 10 and 13 respectively) to see these ponies running around wild. Sure, we could have stayed at a hotel and driven to see the ponies, but it simply wouldn’t have been the same as waking up, getting out of our camping tent, cooking a picnic breakfast and then walking to where we could see the ponies. It felt to me like we were part of the ponies’ environment rather than intruders into their environment.

Among the amazing wildlife I’ve encountered while camping are wild moose in Maine, a monarch butterfly migration in Long Island (yes you really can go camping in Long Island), dozens of bald eagles and hawks in Central Pennsylvania , a migration of tiny frogs in South Carolina and hundreds of deer in one evening on the Skyline Drive in Virginia. All of these trips have etched memories for a lifetime into my mind. I only wish the quality of cameras was better when I was a child. That reminds me, don’t forget to take your camera on your next camping trip and when you go, please, please take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

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2 Responses to “Joys Of Family Camping”

  1. Dale Says:

    I haven’t been camping in a while and this brings back memories of past camping trips for me.One in particular i remember was over the 4th of july back in 1976.It was at a state park and they had those open air kichens with the 4×4 posts.
    We had a Basenji (an African hunting dog) at that time named Kilo(it was the 70’s) that we had put in the station wagon while we cooked the food.
    All of sudden we heard a thud and a snapping sound,we turned around to see the station wagon up against one of the 4×4 posts and Kilo up on the wheel,he had evidently knocked the car out of park.Needless to say we had a hard time convincing the park ranger,when he asked who was driving, that it was the dog.
    It was a funny moment in our camping history and one that we won’t forget.

    Thanks for reminding me of it.
    Dale.

  2. edFrueh Says:

    Thank you for posting your story Dale it was a nice one.

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