The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I had the pleasure of spending this last week gazing at clear blue skies, country roads and endless green. Now thats the romantic side to the camping experience. The not so romantic side is the freezing cold, sleeping in a tent which we discovered had developed a mysterious hole in the roof since we set it up last and some very chilly dashes to the amenities at all hours of the night.
But what makes the sometimes “treacherous” conditions worth it of course is the kids up to their armpits in the great outdoors. They had no other agenda than to play and have fun and play hard they did, riding their bikes all day, the dirtier they got the happier they were. Showers were few, sleep was limited but good old fashioned fun was plentiful. They discovered too that heat doesn’t always come by the flick of a switch, that hot water bottles are miraculous things and that they can get along very happily without iPads and wifi and fast food. Me too
I loved the smell and warmth of the campfire, drinking early morning coffee with the fog still hanging down low to the ground, cooking outdoors although tricky at times and the long sunny days spent for the most part reading and gazing at said sky.
Camping in the middle of winter – yes daunting but very doable and worth every little bit of inconvenience. My only tip – take ALL the blankets and woolly things you own.
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