Oh, the good days of summer. I grew up camping as a kid in the summer & when you grow up in the wild open spaces of Alaska it was just something you did growing up. Now as a parent to two little ones, I was excited to take them camping for the very first time.
Now to be fair, our inspiration for camping this summer was actually seeing Memorial Day sales at REI for tents. What better way to start of the summer than a first family camping trip? Lexi was around 8 months old and sleeping pretty well at night, so we thought – oh why not. Lets go camping!
I borrowed a Bjorn Travel Crib from another mom for Lexi [we ended up cuddling & co-slept instead], we packed the car, double checked we indeed had 4 sleeping bags and off we went to Golden Gate Park.
True to Colorado weather, within 30minutes of arriving the clouds rolled in and we got dumped on. Pouring rain which sent me and the kids to the car for cover while the hubs finished setting up the tent and then joined us. Rain then turned into hail.
After the storm passed, we headed out for a short hike to the fishing ponds by our campsite.
We didn’t catch anything but had a lot of fun. Cayden loved casting his rod into the pond and waiting ever so patiently for a bite. I wore Lexi in the ergo and she was snug as a bug and snoozed the entire time.
Afterwards we hiked back to the campsite, started a camp fire [which proved to be a bit more difficult due to the rain storm earlier] grilled hotdogs and marshmallows, and explored around our campsite. Around dinner time, another family brought in their stuff and began to setup tent. We also won in the camping lottery because they had two boys who were also 3 years old. I think we were the only families with little kids at the whole campground. So needless to say, the boys had fun running around, finding sticks and playing together until it was bedtime.
Sleep wise… Cayden was amazing! He slept between us and was super cozy and fell asleep right away. Lexi on the other hand slept okay for being a baby and going camping. She slept right next to me and I got a few hours of sleep here and there.
The next morning we packed everything up and explored the rest of the park and went on a few more hikes, another fishing attempt and then called it a day.
Editor Note: We went camping May 30th, the weekend after Memorial Day aka the official start of summer – don’t mind the published date on this blog post.