Summer brings the heat and this inexplicable urge to go camping. When I was young, my family camped every summer. If we were going to visit someone, we would camp along the way. I thought everyone traveled this way, but as in turns out...we were kinda poor and it's the cheapest way to travel.
As a child, I loved being outside, to hear the birds, feel the breeze, and lay with my eyes closed in the grass. I'm sure my parents didn't find camping across the country with 2 small children as whimsical as I did, but when I look back at pictures of our camping trips I can see all the fun they had.
One trip took us through the Great Smokey Mountains. I was six and extremely friendly to a couple of baby black bears. My mother knowing a mama black bear would soon be following swept me up in a frenzy and locked us in the van. Soon a park ranger came through to warn us about the possibility of black bears roaming the campsite; he was a little late.
Later in life, I became a camp counselor. Canoeing, hiking, and discovering everyday. From morning till night being outside and enjoying nature all day. As an adult, there isn't as much room for roaming the wild as I would like.
Patrick and I went camping 3 years ago in Rocky Mountain National Park and it was amazing! We hiked everywhere and cooked on the fire. We've been talking about camping again this summer, after I finish school. Big Bend is only a couple hours away and we haven't been there yet, so it's possible come August I'll get to break out the camping gear again. I would love just a few days to wander and get lost, to find beauty in the simplicity, and stare at the sky.
So as inspiration for summer camping, a couple of pictures...
Are you camping this summer? Where are you going?
Can I live vicariously through you?