Growing up in a scouting and outdoorsy family, I spent many weekends and vacations at a campsite. It started when I was about two years old – my oldest brother was a Boy Scout and I spent my afternoons watching him and his friends set up tents. By the time my other brother joined Cub Scouts, with my mother as his leader, I was five years old and helping set the tents up. I became a Girl Scout and my troop spent more time learning to build campfires than selling cookies. We were adventurous and found peace and excitement in the woods. By the time we were in high school, we planned the weekend trips by ourselves, from the menu to the gear list.
We spent a lot of time camping in the summer, when we could dive into lakes and play capture the flag, but our favorite trips were in the fall and winter. Our classmates thought we were crazy, but those 20 degree nights were what we lived for. The Christmas I turned 13, I asked for a high-end sleeping bag and Santa delivered. Now I could sleep comfortably in temperatures down to zero.
While I don’t recommend camping in weather that cold with your young family, I do still adore the cooler weather. Fires seem more cozy and there’s something about being bundled up in the early morning fog that lifts my soul.
This fall will be our first camping adventure with our almost four-year-old son and I cannot wait.
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