Adrian brought along his outfitter’s tent this past weekend because of the rain and wind. We still used a regular 6 man tent to sleep in, though. Man, we brought a lot of stuff this time. The van was full AND we brought a trailer. The trailer wasn’t full, though. To be fair, we brought extra stuff this time because it was a JFW event and we didn’t know what we’d need. Adrian was teaching a map and compass course and he needed stuff for that, too. But I did think of Heather a couple of times this weekend. How does she manage to fit everything in backpacks!? Adrian says that you buy specialized equipment. Like small stoves, etc.
I thought about what we bring and don’t really know how to cut it down.
And so on and so on…
Not to mention the challenge of keeping all of that shtuff organized! Sigh. It seems to be getting harder and harder to go camping.
And it’s hard finding a decent place to go, too. We don’t like going to crowded camp grounds. When we do we have more neighbours there then we have in our back yard! In the pre-children days we used to just drive until we found a nice spot by a creek and set up there. I feel uneasy now about driving around aimlessly without a specific destination in mind.
What has having kids done to me?! Taken my sense of adventure? Also, I didn’t used to be so obsessed with bringing all the right stuff. It must come from packing those darn diaper bags. When you’re in a mile long line up in Superstore with a screaming kid just one time you’re not likely to forget the animal crackers or sippy cup twice. I find it difficult to relax and just go with the flow like I was capable of doing before kids came into the picture. Now, I need a plan! And lists. Not one list – many lists. Must-not-forget-the-sand toys!! What will we do if we’re on a beach and my kids don’t have a shovel and pail??? I don’t want to be that mom that has to borrow from the other moms! Eeek. Tragedy! Sigh. I just thought of something else to put on a list. Learn-to-relax….yeah like that’s gonna happen. 😉