After months of pestering, I finally got Luc to cave.
Last weekend… We went camping.
And it was excellent.
I know I’ve written about the virtues and glories of camping before, but it’s really just one of those things that I just can’t shut up about. Summer in particular just doesn’t feel complete without at least one camping excursion under the belt.
This time was a little bit different than our regular sleep-overs in the woods. For one, we camped at Sandbanks Provincial Park – a place I’ve been going to since I was a kid but have never once camped at. In fact, up until now I didn’t realize just how much of the park I had never seen before. The other difference was that we only stayed for one night.
Pros to staying so close to home and for such a short time: Less planning/coordinating required, less gear to bring and less clean-up. Feels more spontaneous in a way. It’s also a lot easier for friends who can’t stay the night but still want to hang out to come spend the day with you when you’re close to home (which is what our friends did).
Cons: Not exactly cost effective. As it turns out, once you factor in the cost of travel and groceries, you’re really not saving a whole lot by only staying for one night (although in our defense, we only stayed one night because that’s all that was available).
We got stupid lucky with the weather. After what felt like an unrelenting onslaught of crazy hot and humid days, a massive storm rolled through last Friday and brought temperatures down to more reasonable levels. We not only missed the storm but we got to enjoy the sun without the oppressive heat.
I won’t lie: one of my favourite things about camping is the food. It may not sound (or look) impressive, but there’s nothing quite as comforting as the improvised meals thrown together and cooked over a fire. We made two of my personal favourites: Man Munch (aka Meat Brick) and Camp Breakfast Bowls. Neither pretty, both delicious.
Obviously we hit the beach.
And did a lot of relaxing!
Another thing every summer needs is a campfire:
Aside from hanging out in the woods with friends, one of my favourite parts of the weekend was Saturday night when we went and sat on the beach. It was late and the beach was deserted. We sat in the sand and watched the moonlight on the waves as they rolled to shore. It was actually a really humbling experience, and so beautiful.
All in all, for a trip that was quickly pulled together and quite different from our regular style of camping, it turned out to be a pretty excellent weekend. I guess it just goes to show that it doesn’t matter if it’s a week-long trek into the back woods or an over-night at a park, camping is always a great way to get outside and have some fun.
What about you? What type of camper are you? Do you prefer multiple nights or short trips? Rugged locations or a family-oriented campground? What are some of your favourite camping rituals? And If you’ve never gone camping before (or don’t fancy yourself to be much of a camper), which do you prefer?