I don’t know about you, but here’s how I feel about camping!

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I don’t know what my reason really is but for some strange reason, up until one year ago, I had never gone camping before. I can’t even say it’s because I grew up in Los Angeles because plenty of people did it there. Just not me. AND when I would tell people I had never gone camping before, they were always like whaaaaaat??!!! 

When I was about 12 or so my childhood BFF Valerie and I saved up our money and bought a two person tent from this place called Fedco (kinda like Costco and yes, they had good pizza too!). WeFile Jun 26, 6 21 11 PM were SO excited. We had our sleeping bags and pitched the tent in my backyard and we were ready to go. Unfortunately, somehow in the middle of the night condensation started to form and started dripping inside of the tent. What in the world? Well, then a neighborhood cat came by and flicked one of the strings of the tent and down came our tent. Yep. We were back in the house before midnight.

So needless to say I had never been camping. Like in a real tent. Sleeping in sleeping bags on the ground, campfire going…camping. When one of my besties Ashley found this out, she was determined to change this non-camping thing of mine. So we made a plan for our families to go camping together for the first time last Summer. At the time my Momma Jane was pretty sick so I told her we were going to have to put our camping plans temporarily on hold. She said, nope…we’re coming to you and because we currently live out in the country, we are surrounded by woods, so it really was a fantastic idea!

File Jun 26, 6 24 40 PMAshley and her family have been camping a million times so they are professionals. Meaning, they came with EVERYTHING and I mean literally EVERYTHING. We only had to bring sleeping bags. We found this perfect place near our home that was right next to a little waterfall. (In fact, the playhouse in my neighborhood, Serenbe Playhouse is currently doing the play Macbeth at this same waterfall!) So we put up their TEN person tent, built a fire, we grilled out with steaks that were amazing and our awesome camping experience commenced. Ashley’s husband Nick could give Bear Grylls a run for his money! lol Ashley and Nick have two children similar in ages to our girls and they love to play together so they had a blast! I mean there was not one complaint from any of the kids the entire time. Oh and even though we brought our phones, we never used them for anything else other than taking pictures. It was one of the BEST experiences I’ve ever had. Really. She and her family pretty much helped orchestrate my perfect first camping experience.

Ashley’s husband Nick could give Bear Grylls a run for his money! lol Ashley and Nick have two children similar in ages to our girls and they love to play together so they had a blast! I mean there was not one complaint from any of the kids the entire time. Oh and even though we brought our phones, we never used them for anything else other than taking pictures. It was one of the BEST experiences I’ve ever had. Really. She and her family pretty much helped orchestrate my perfect first camping experience.

Well, maaaaaybe not perfect. Since my horrific ChiggerGate2015 experience, I’m a little over-sensitive about bug bites so I may have OVER dressed for camping as in…I literally wore boots, leggingsFile Jun 26, 6 26 02 PM, and a long shirt so that I would have as little exposed skin as possible. Yahhhh, did I mention that it was 96 degrees when we went?! I decided that I cared more about the bug bites though than sweating so it was ok by me.

Plus there was this nifty little waterfall which I thought would be nice if I went over there to wash my hands and drink some fresh water. Well once I got over to the waterfall part and I slipped and fell. Hard. Like straight up landed on my hand, elbow and my side. And lemme tell you…IT HURT. I didn’t realize it at the time probably cus I was laughing so hard at my clumsiness and maybe because I was a little embarrassed too but oh my goodness, my elbow is so swollen AND all black and blue and so is my hand. However, that didn’t detract too much from my awesome experience! Oh and did I mention that after my fall, my hair was all covered in mud so my husband had to help me back over to the waterfall to wash it off…in my clothes and all. It really worked out because it was a nice relief to the 96-degree weather.

Plus there was this nifty little waterfall which I thought would be nice if I went over there to wash my hands and drink some fresh water. Well once I got over to the waterfall part and I slipped and fell. Hard. Like straight up landed on my hand, elbow and my side. And lemme tell you…IT HURT. I didn’t realize it at the time probably cus I was laughing so hard at my clumsiness and maybe because I was a little embarrassed too but oh my goodness, my elbow is so swollen AND all black and blue and so is my hand. However, that didn’t detract too much from my awesome experience! Oh and did I mention that after my fall, my hair was all covered in mud so my husband had to help me back over to the waterfall to wash it off…in my clothes and all. It really worked out because it was a nice relief to the 96-degree weather.

File Jun 26, 6 26 41 PMMy night of sleep wasn’t perfect mostly because our youngest daughter crawled into bed with us (and you know how THAT goes as a parent) and then I maaaaaay have heard some coyotes in the middle of the night which kinda freaked me out a little but other than those two things, lol, we slept well. We slept in an open tent (meaning just the screen) where I could see all of the trees and hear the waterfall, it was really pretty incredible. I must have prayed about eight different times because I felt so grateful for everything and so Blessed to have friends who would come to us, come to see my mom and give us such an awesome camping experience. Plus we woke up to Ashley making bacon and eggs. I mean come on. It was like out of a movie!File Jun 26, 6 22 07 PM

So minus my injury and being a little tired…I will say it was a pretty awesome first time camping experience. Watching our then three-year-old girls Luna and Stella play in the water together and make mud pies, Ashley and Nick’s son Wyatt and our oldest daughter Lily catching crawfish in the creek, the men bonding over building a fire and grilling and me getting to catch up and giggle with my friend Ashley…just such wonderful memories our families will have for years to come.

So where are some other great places to camp?

XO Surviving Mommy

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24 Comments

  • Cindy Pittman says:

    All of the Georgia State Parks are good. My husband took our almost 6 year old grandson camping last week for the first time. Gunnar loved it.

  • Ashley Davis says:

    We had the most amazing time and this blog just made me cry!!!! Love you all and we can’t wait to do it again!!!! Xoxoxo from all of us!

  • Taylor says:

    So glad you had such a fantastic time! I LOVE being outside, Trailrunning, hiking, mountain biking, etc. and I have NEVER camped! 😁

  • Mp says:

    I went my first time ever about a month ago I was definately hesitant because I am not the outdoorsy type,but my boyfriend and his family are,I went through a pretty nasty divorce and couple bad years following the divorce due to illness and loss of job.My amazing boyfriend has been so supportive and was like” they say you are supposed to do something you would have never done before to “recreate” yourself after a divorce so hence the camping, and once I got over the sticky dirty feeling I had an absolute blast. We went to Fort Mountain State Park . My 5 year old has never been but next time we are taking her.

  • Tami Dickinson says:

    The ONE and only time I ever camped was when I had an 18-years-YOUNG back. We pitched a tent in Fort Wilderness for my first-ever trip to Disney World the summer I graduated high school. I earned the money for the vacation at my first-ever, post-high school job (very proud of that). We slept in sleeping bags on the ground, where I did actually sleep. I sooo couldn’t do that today, though. But boy was it fun!!! And, cheap, even for the WDW prices of 30….ahem….years ago.

  • Michele says:

    What a great friend to do all of that for you! So do you have the urge to do it again! I went camping once when I was about 16 and it was with my sister and her husband along with some of their friends. It was great until it was time to go to sleep. One of their friends was a gorgeous guy who I really liked but I had just met him. Well he offered to let me sleep in his tent. I was innocent and nieve and thought ok why not? Well he had other plans! Needless to say, I slept by myself after he thought we were going to “get together”! I was like not just no but h..l no! I have never camped out since then! He tried to take advantage of a 16 yr old and he was in his 20’s! That put an end to any camping for me! I told my sister and her husband about it and let’s just say they weren’t friends with him after that!

  • Olivine Eyes says:

    A lot of people are too busy doing anything else to go camping, myself included. It would be nice to feel that chilly air when I wake up from sleeping in a tent, looking up at the trees the first thing in the morning.

  • Stephanie says:

    I don’t enjoy sleeping outside, but I don’t mind spending time there. As long as it’s not super cold.

  • Calvin F. says:

    I actually really like camping, it’s one of the best things ever. :d

  • denise low says:

    My husband want to go camping this summer. I don’t really think I would like it but I will give it a try for him. Maybe I would like it.

  • marthalynn says:

    Loved this! I have only taken my kids camping once and they were so young they don’t remember it. I need to just bite the bullet and get out there again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • accontests6 says:

    Great blog entry. Thank you.

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This sounds like quite an experience. I am not a big tent camper. I think I could handle a pop up a little better. I like to be off the ground a little. This sounds like a fun time. Thank you for sharing

  • I love to camp with my family and for years I would take my children camping for a week in July at Lassen National Park in California. This was something that my best friend from college did with me, my kids and her mother. My children are adults now…

  • Michelle Elizondo says:

    I am not a camper, more of a hotel person, but I do love the wilderness and its natural beauty. Camping during the fall would be ideal as the weather is cooler and the leaves are amazing in color.

  • Sandy Cain says:

    I loved camping when I was younger…just being in the outdoors was fabulous. It was super when I lived out west, we used to camp out in the desert at night, miles from nowhere – the starlight was bright enough to read by! And we saw meteor showers. Sadly, due to health problems and family obligations, I can’t go camping anymore…but I sure enjoyed your pictures, so nice!

  • Valerie lerma says:

    i’ve never been camping ive always wanted to take my kids and experience camping with them

  • Margaret Sarsfield says:

    i camped outside for two months straight while hiking the mountains to sea trail…and pretty much hated every night lmao

  • Sarah L says:

    My family used to camping when we kids were little, but we had a little camping trailer so it was comfortable.

  • Molli Vandehey-Taylor says:

    i fell in love with camping as an adult. my parents are NOT campers.

  • Miranda Wood says:

    I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself. I love camping. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad experience even when I’ve had to set up in the pouring rain.

  • Kristen says:

    I love camping! Getting out in nature and getting your hands dirty. The fresh air and calming sights. Such a relaxing time.

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