Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Well... our parents did it. Can't be that hard, right?

We're planning a camping trip for a long weekend in September. I'm really excited about it--we've always loved to camp as a couple, and we both camped a lot with our families when we were little. It will be yet another milestone to tackle with our little arrow. Plus, we really want to instill a love of the outdoors in him... he already seems to have it, but I'm certain sleeping under the stars will cement it.

But now that I'm a parent, I can't help but worry: Will he sleep? Will we bother all the other campers when he throws a fit? (Afterall, if you're anywhere for more than 5-6 hours with our kid, it is inevitable. As they say, it's when, not if.) What will we do all day if it rains?

This article from the Travel Channel articulates some of my concerns. The comment saying that the hardest age for camping is when your child is crawling makes me think I might need a stiff drink once he's in bed each night. My saving grace is that I'm not a germ-o-phobe. Surely grass and dirt have some nutritional value.

But where better to enjoy a gin and tonic than next to a crackling fire?