Our First Camping Trip

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We just got back from our very first camping trip. Exhausted but happy and content, my kids ask for the Caladryl to rub on their mosquito bites. They don’t complain how itchy, red and bumpy the ugly marks are. For them I think it is more or less a testament to the fun they had.

This trip was our very first. We’ve planned so many times to go camping but decided against it for a number of reasons:
1. the kids were much too young
2. we didn’t want to go alone
3. have you heard and read all those horror stories about camping trips??? one child was snatched from his tent by a bear!

But we decided to throw caution to the wind and went ahead with our plans. We went with 4 other families. There is still  safety in numbers so we thought we’d be fine. And we’re glad we did. It was such a great experience! The campsite was built like a cul-de-sac so the individual campsites were almost facing each other and the bathroom was centrally located. Okay, so there was a bathroom. And electricity. We cannot live without those two. Let’s break it gently, shall we? Let’s not be harsh here. We are about a few more weeks shy of roughing it.

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The camping trip was planned and paid for months in advance. Friday went on without a hitch, the boys enjoyed themselves! And by boys, I mean the 2 sons and the DH! For once, we were in a place where the boys can roam free without the fear of strangers lurking in the shadows or being run over by a speeding car. Okay, so I might be exaggerating just a teeny, tiny bit.

It was really liberating for them. They played with all the other kids we went with. Food was plentiful, as if we were preparing for the great famine or feeding an army. The boys went fishing, crabbing and swimming. I took pictures and ate and talked to the other Moms and ate and  just relaxed. I think I just gained 5 pounds. But, oh well, so what?

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  1. wow, buti pa kayo. we have been cancelling our camping plans kasi halos buong month ng only rain and thunderstorms dito. but you know, i only considering camping because it is something different and an adventure sempre — otherwise, roughing it out for weeks is not for me, haha!

  2. Those are great photos! I’m glad you had a successful and memorable camping.

    I think the last time I went camping I was still in high school at the ranch of my classmate. Perhaps, when my son is older we can experience camping as a family.

  3. Hi Mary,
    I have yet to go camping. I didn’t go when I was a child for being asthmatic. We will try camping this year. It’s a lot of fun being out in nature isn’t it?

    Take care!

  4. im a pro-camping mom. my daughter first camped at 6 months old, and she wasnt the youngest in the camping site.. we will be camping again next month, for a week.. and im already checking what activities we could do.. nice pictures, by the way..

  5. Glad your trip turned out great! Nice photos! :B

  6. i also dream of camoing trips with my family someday… but I never did learn to really pitch tents and all that stuff, even when I was active in mountaineering 😀 and my hubs is far from an outdoors person 😀

    anyway, looks like you had some real quality bonding time… and i just love the crabs 😀

  7. @Raq: It did rain on the day to the campsite and during night time but we somehow managed and it added up to the experience.

    @Rachel: Yeah, I bet Yohan would love it when you go camping!

    @Tina: It’s actually near you, I think. At Point Lookout Maryland. It’ll do you good because it’s by the beach. My oldest son is asthmatic and he did really good. I betcha you’ll do fine too and little K will enjoy it 😉

    @Analyse: thanks. I tried to take a lot of pics to capture the moment. Wow! 6 months old? that’s nice!

    @Lizzz: thanks!

    @Delish: Just get an RV so you don’t have to pitch a tent. LOL. The crabs were caught by the kids which makes it even more special.

  8. you went crabbing, too? ohh, i love crabbing. what did you use for bait? nothing can beat fresh crabs.

  9. that, my dear, is one of my dream vacation with my kids. I’ve always loved roughing it but never did really find someone very close to me to do it with. i should try with my husband and kids.

    great pictures, btw!

  10. Oh,it rained, was gonna comment the sky looks overcast, hehehe..

    have fun and be safe!

  11. @ Belle: The kids used chicken neck tied to a string. Pretty crude but it worked. They did it themselves and they were so proud. Sadly though, I am allergic to crabs. 😦

    @AnP: Oh do try it. It’s so much fun! Thanks!

    @Julie: Oo, it rained but it didn’t dampen our spirits one bit. 😉 Thanks!

  12. greymom, the pictures are beautiful! and i can just imagine the great time you had there.

    the crabs…. yum! sorry to hear you are allergic to them =0

    maybe when lucho is older, we can also try camping. but not here in nigeria ha! LOL!

  13. Thanks Sheilamarie! I betcha Lucho would love camping!

  14. Great pics, GreyMom!! Glad to know the boys had fun. Pinoy na pinoy ka talaga..daming food na dinala. Hehehe 🙂

  15. Andami talagang food all we did was eat!

  16. Wow, ang ganda ng pinuntahan ninyo! I’m jealous 😀 I wonder how much it would cost to prepare for a camping trip…

    Hi Christianne, it is not at all expensive. marami kasi kami kaya contribution ang sa food. then yung accomodations depends on the place you’re going to and the utilities (or the lack of it). In our case, we went to one with a bathroom, running water and shower pero common. Then merong electricity yung individual campsites. So it was $20.00/night (or was it $30.00). It wasn’t at all expensive. Going to a theme park would be way more expensive. Other campsites offer different things and have different attractions so I guarantee you nobody’s going to get bored! Please write about your experience too once you go to one. 😉


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