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Kristen

Camping: it's all about the dangerous tools

Posted by Kristen on September 22, 2008 at 6:31 AM in Kristen
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This weekend my husband took us camping. Normally he likes to take us camping when it is 95 degrees and there is a possibility of a thunderstorm or a mass mosquito attack, so I was pleasantly surprised to be camping in temperatures with highs of 75 and lows of 55. You can't beat that.

Ethan has been asking incessantly to go camping. Of course he has. His contribution to camping involves nothing related to packing or doing laundry or getting work done so we can leave. But he has that cute little voice and he whines until you break down. At least that is what his father says.

When I agreed to go camping, I didn't realize that the drive would be four hours. Four hours is a bit of a trek for an overnight stay in a tent. But my husband knew how to get all of us on his side. He told us that we were going camping at Assateague Island. He made promises that we would see wild horses and lots of wildlife. Wild horses? It took the four-hour drive to explain to Ethan the difference between tame horses and wild horses. Which was instantly shut down when we arrive because the horses were wandering between campgrounds, looking for a nice piece of steak or maybe a quality organic burger. Even with a whopping $500 fine, I have a feeling the "wild" horses are eating a little better than that sea grass we saw everywhere.

It was only after we arrived that I remembered WHY Ethan loves camping so much. Ethan loves camping because his father allows him to wield large, dangerous and sharp tools. I turned around after setting up my side of the tent to find Ethan banging a stake into the ground. With the back side of a hatchet. If it makes you feel better, he read the look of shock on my face and proceeded to explain to me exactly how to be safe with a hatchet. Me? I could do without taking any chances.

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Organicyogamom writes...

Oh my what fun! Sadly my hubby does not like to camp - he's more of a four star kinda guy - so my tot has not had the experience yet. We do have a few friends with trailers that are willing to share.

Glad you made it though!

Heather writes...

My hubbie likes camping way more than I do, although once a summer is fun for me too. We spent Labor Day weekend by a creek in a private family campgrounds. My two oldest daughters spent 15 hours a day on the trampoline & the rest of the weekend in the creek. Other than eating & sleeping, they really didn't do much else! Next year, real camping!

Dianne writes...

We went camping last weekend, too, but we headed west, outside of Frederick, and it was only a 1 hour drive for 2 overnights in the woods. The weather sure was beautiful, wasn't it?

This was the first time my 6-yr old son was allowed to bang the tent stakes in and he also got to help put wood on the fire. Yikes! That's way too out of control for me!

He spent the first 20 hours of camping asking if we could roast marshmallows yet. It's all about the marshmallows. And then he only ate two, and they were hardly warm when he took them off the stick.

Ian Roger writes...

This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.
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camper writes...

Oh my what fun! Sadly my hubby does not like to camp - he's more of a four star kinda guy - so my tot has not had the experience yet. We do have a few friends with trailers that are willing to share. his is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone....
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