Sep 1, 2013 at 8:41 am #1307172
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
A must read for any parent, this post by Craig W had been on my mind ever since.
Recently, when my wife was out of town for a week, I took the opportunity to have some one on one (one on two?) time with the girls, spending as much time outdoors as possible. As Craig would say (probably much more eloquently)- nothing epic to see here. Just kids having fun.
Championship hill rolling at a local park after school
The highlight of the week was an overnight camping trip to Nordhouse Dunes.
The hike in
I carried all the gear and the girls carried their personal stuff and snacks. While I skimp on my own gear, I don't bother counting weight when it comes to camping with the kids. I'd rather they be happy than ultralight. Between the princess sleeping bags and the multiple changes of clothes, I was grateful for the expedition pack my wife had bought a couple years ago. I did draw the line at all of the stuffed animals I found bulging out of Rowan's pack. (I knew I'd be carrying it too at some point). "No one needs 5 stuffed animals on a camping trip", I advised helpfully. "Why don't you pick your favorite two". "I need 5 stuffed animals to help me sleep", she assured me.
Nearing the dunes, rest break number 6
One big sandbox
The Lake Michigan shoreline
The girls changed into bathing suits and played in the sand while I set up camp behind the tree line
Running in circles
Heading back toward our campsite
Dubiously studying the bush buddy hot dog cooker
Shared mac and cheese
The well-used princess sleeping bags
Shadow puppets and story time
After making up some stuff sack pillows for the girls, there were no spare clothes for mine. Once the girls fell asleep, I sneakily snagged a stuffed bunny, "Cuddles", and propped it under my head. Guess Rowan was right about these things helping you sleep after all.
A beautiful sunrise
An overenthusiastic headlamp user writes on the beach with a genuine feather quill
Leaving the shoreline
A last look back
Stopping to rest at the perfect rest stop. Too bad we had only been hiking for 3 minutes. "It has a bench, backrest, and footrest, dad!" Fine with me. While my own trips are highly goal-oriented, I try to have no agenda when it comes to hiking with the kids. If their trip is better for taking advantage of the 20 most perfect rest stops on the trail, or studying a deer track, touching a toad, or picking blueberries, them mine is too for getting to watch them light up with unbridled enthusiasm at the experience.
As we drove home, I asked the girls what their favorite part of the trip had been. "Getting to spend time with Daddy", my youngest daughter answered. "When can we go camping again?"
SuccessSep 1, 2013 at 8:50 am #2020650
Great stuff Ike! Thanks for sharing.
BTW, you owe me a disc….. :-)Sep 1, 2013 at 9:02 am #2020653
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@speltLocale: SW/C PA
My heart is smiling. Thanks for sharing this experience.Sep 1, 2013 at 9:56 am #2020668
Wonderful trip report Ike! Thanks for sharing this.Sep 1, 2013 at 10:25 am #2020674
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Excellent!Sep 1, 2013 at 10:34 am #2020679
Wishing you many more happy family times, this report is magic.Sep 1, 2013 at 10:41 am #2020682
@richardcullipLocale: San Diego County
Excellent stuff. You are building great family memories. I'm sure the girls can't wait to do it again.Sep 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm #2020720
The first photo is perfect childhood.
Cheers Ike.Sep 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm #2020730
@leighbLocale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!Sep 2, 2013 at 5:57 am #2020884
Lucky girls — thank you for posting (one of your rare posts without snow or ice)Sep 2, 2013 at 7:21 am #2020906
Delightful! And your girls will remember this with joy the rest of their lives!Sep 2, 2013 at 7:54 am #2020918
Well, that made MY morning! Thanks, Ike. I almost feel 5 years old myself again looking at these pictures.Sep 2, 2013 at 9:03 am #2020941
@filsingerLocale: Pacific Northwest
Choices as parents are many. Spend a small fortune on theme parks, water parks, sporting events, video games, or take a romp into wild places. Rachel Carson said it best.
“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full or wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later year…the alienation from the sources of our strength.”
― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
.Sep 3, 2013 at 7:45 am #2021278
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@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Very pleasant. Excellent post trip report. Thanks for posting.
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