Make sure you take time to slow down.
I like camping, it’s a good time to slow down, connect with people and live in the moment.
So last weekend I jumped at an opportunity to go camping with a group of friends and my teenage son. I drove with my son and It was a good start to the trip. I don’t remember everything we talked about, but it was pleasant and it’s nice to see him growing up into a thoughtful and nice person. We also spent some quiet time (it’s nice not feeling like you must talk), where we just listened to music.
It was Friday after work, so we grabbed a quick meal on the road and just got to the campsite to pitch the tent and sleep.
One thing about Camping is everything just takes longer. For Example, getting ready to sleep involves a few more step, such as finding a good spot to pitch a tent:
- flat so you don’t have a rock or root under you when you are lying down
- not in a hole that becomes a puddle in the rain
- Level so you don’t end up rolling on one side of the tent in your sleep
- Far enough away from George who snores.
- Pitching the actual tent…which way does the fly go on this tent?
Once the tent is set up the rest is pretty easy…of course, you might need to hunt around for the bathroom (if there is one). This campsite had facilities which means a walk with a flashlight, rather than just down the hall at home.
Then you can crawl into your sleeping bag cocoon and snooze away until the light wakes you up.
Breakfast was someone else’s duty. They made whole grain pancakes on a portable stove with fruit which was great. We had planned a bike trip, so the carbs were needed.
We hit the bike trail. It had been a while since I’d done any stretch on a bike. Luckily, I’m in good health and decent shape so it didn’t kill me… although it is getting harder to keep up with my son and by the end of it late in the afternoon I was pretty tired. The trail was mostly flat and went through a few touristy towns and near the ocean. We had packed lunch and ate it at a beach…it was out of season, so it was too cold to swim but it was nice enjoying the sun, wind and sound of waves.
I got evening cooking duty which I started around 5 pm (after a quick shower at 4 pm… I do like campgrounds with facilities). I love cooking on a fire with a Dutch oven. It takes a bit of time to get the coals and ingredient ready, not like a regular kitchen where you just take things like an oven, stove, sink, refrigerator, and cutting surface for granted. I made a nice stew that evening to eat with a loaf of whole wheat bread. It was a cool, if not cold, evening so it sat well. I also brought some cookies and apples to round off the meal. All told with cleanup it took about 3 hours. So, by the time we were done, it was dark, but the campfire was burning nicely.
Even though we were tired, it was too early to sleep.
A few of us brought some instruments so we hacked around with those for a bit. I’m sure we didn’t sound great, but it was fun. Then we just sat around the campfire and talked. Slowly people filtered off and went to sleep. I usually stay up with one or two people to make sure the fire has died down. Staring at a campfire is very relaxing…much better than watching video’s or flipping through Facebook. By then I was really ready to hit the sack…so I did.
I woke up a few times and listened to the night sounds, mostly wind in the trees…easy to drift back into sleep until the sun comes up and the light and warmth wakes you up again.
We ate a quick breakfast, packed up and after a shorter bike ride headed back home, relaxed and invigorated.
Yah. I really do recommend trying camping if you haven’t or doing it again if you haven’t for a while. Here at TIBI Naturals, we are about empowering you to get out there and live your life. And that means recharging your batteries once in a while…camping might do it for you.