“You’re going camping again, aren’t you,” for most of spring, summer, and fall these are the words that my dad would use to describe what I did this summer.
Camping is a moment where you can leave behind anything that doesn’t allow you to sink into the moment and the surrounding. Facebook, tomorrow. Phone, off. Uh, where did Bentley go?
It’s also a moment to slow down and rework the nonsense that is in my brain. Something going wrong at school? It’s on the back burner. Cabin fever setting in to soon? Out of the house. Dog’s getting restless? Seriously, where’s my dog, I don’t see her?! Or I try to catch up on reading.
Camping is a time not only for the physical aspects of one’s self, but also the emotional. In a world that stresses on getting the most likes on instagram, we forget to take care of that inner part of ourselves. Almost daily.
And as I write this and reflect on the fun I’ve had this year outside. As I put the finishing touches on the pages in my scrapbook. The desire to go camping is driving me insane. Literally that’s all I want to do.
So here’s my prescription…
Most camping experiences have revolved around a similar story. Beautiful scenery. Amazing starry sky. Close friends catching up. However, each one could stand alone as the high light of the summer. Or early spring or late fall when it’s obviously too cold to be sleeping outside.
April 4th, 2015
Cedar Mesa, Art’s Point
The Group: Marshall, Dakota, Michael, Diesel, Bentley, and Mocha
Memorable Moments: The camping began when it became somewhat warm enough to explain why I was sleeping outside. Poor Mocha had to watch as Bentley and Diesel ran around free as little birds.
July 12th, 2015
Fire Road 171
The Group: Marshall, Bentley, Diesel, Kelley, Mike, Freya, Odin, Gaya, Erika, Basil, Mark, Bella, Violet, Chris, Heather, Jordan, Skyler
Memorable Moments:Violet’s friend brought a didoredue….an Australian instrument, and a bunch of fun toys that the boys enjoyed immensely. The boys throwing hatchets at trees…. It’s actually surprising that we all got out of there with all of our limbs intact. Violet’s going away camping trip!
August 23rd, 2015
The Group: Marshal, Bentley, Diesel, Kelley, Mike, Freya, Odin
Memorable Moments:Marshal and Mike not drowning and not catching any fish. The seeds of book club planted.
September 6th, 2015
Cedar Mesa, Art’s Point
The Group: Marshall, Bentley, Diesel, Kate, Geoff, Sally
Memorable Moments: It rained off and on for the set up. Catching up with Kate and Geoff. Awesome hike in the afternoon and then a morning hike to Birthing Panel.
September 12th, 2015
The Aspen Grove
The Group: Marshall, Bentley, Diesel, Tammy, Corey, Payton
Memorable Moments: We got our summer shot of our aspen tree. Marshall and I spent most of the time bonding on our own. Corey became the dog whisperer when he fell asleep. Fireside morning jokes.
October 11th, 2015
The Group: Marshal, Bentley, Diesel, Kelley, Mike, Freya, Odin, Roxanne, Nico, Jordan, Skylar, Mike 2
Memorable Moments: The successful first batch of komboocha. Over eating. Rushing to Sunday night football.
2016 Camping Resolutions: Complete a backpacking trip.