Monday, August 10, 2009

Camping with the Donovan's

I loved camping when I was a kid. It seemed like a free easy way to live and nobody cared if you were covered in dirt and smelled like a campfire. I never remember packing. I don't recall any sleepless nights. I don't recall unpacking either. I do however remember roasting marshmallows and staying up late telling spooky stories. In fact, I sometimes wondered why all children didn't run away and live in the woods.

Friday after packing for half a day, we left with the Donovan's for Mt. Charleston, about an hour north of Las Vegas. We arrived early enough to get a camping site at Old Mill picnic area. It was chilly and I was thinking about why I packed everything I did but left my jacket at home. I guess when you are constantly sweating you forget that there are places in the world that are cold. Well, my jacket was not the only thing I forgot. The chocolate bars for smores were sitting in the freezer at home and the oil and spatula for the pancakes were sitting in the cupboard. I actually didn't even think of those things until were cooking.

But there were plenty of things that were just as good as I remember. The tinfoil dinners were delicious. The marshmallows were yummy, especially melted on the peach cobbler. The fire Brian built was warm and smokey as any fire I recall. And the stars... well, I am glad I remembered to look up because I almost forgot there were stars in Nevada.

Camping with the family was not quite like I remembered but even without smores or sleep, it was still fun!


  1. Yes, it sure was fun!!! And we cannot wait to go with you again. Don't worry about forgetting things. The only thing I really felt bad about was your jacket since it was so stinkin cold! (37 degrees that night people!!) But, nontheless I am glad we went and cannot wait to go again. Thanks for starting us out on our first of many camping adventures as a family. :)

  2. How fun to go camping with Tasha! I totally get what you mean about the memories from childhood not including any of the work or exhaustion. I am sad to report that we have not once been camping since Weston was born. Poor kid. The plan is to sneak in an overnighter camping trip right before he starts school. I do hope we manage to make it work. Glad you had fun!

  3. Sounds like a lot of fun! But how awful to forget your jacket. I went to girls camp once and only brought a sleeping bag. It was freezing! Fortunately concerned citizens gave me a foam pad and some blankets. I was so embarrassed, but at least warm. :)

  4. So fun! I'll admit, camping sounds like a whole lot of work... we'll see when our first trip ends up being...