Camping with the Baby
Everyone told us we were crazy to go camping
with a 4
month old baby. Maybe not everyone - my Mom took me camping when
I was about that age, but my friends with babies thought I was
nuts. Turns out it is doable - if you have enough stuff! We
picked Cultus Lake because it's relatively close by - only an hour and
half to get back to the city so if we failed badly it would take too
long to get home. Cultus lake also has showers which makes people
happy. Mark and Jeremy were game to join us so we had a trip!
So we got out to the camp site and disgorged
car. I setup our 10 person tent (no kidding) and Helen made sure
the baby stayed warm. Mark and Jeremy arrived later in the
evening but their puney two person tents took only moments to
setup. We settle in to a little camp fire and started to enjoy
That started a question - why go camping? The first part of the
answer flapped it's way - to see wild life. An owl had skirted an
edge of our camp site and setup pirch in a near by tree. I figure
all the campers inadvertently feed mice and those mice are now feeding
owls. The bird moved from tree to tree but was quite patient with
me (and some invited guests) taking it's photo.
We retired to bed and had a good night. Turns out our 10 person
tent (did I mention it can fit three queen sized beds and is larger
than any room in our condo?) has lots of vents and not all of them can
be zipped closed. We were effectly sleeping outside. Nara
was fine - she had five layers of clothing on and she was warm
everywhere when she woke up in the morning. Reason number two to
go camping - kids love sleeping in tents. Nara really seemed to
like looking at the tent. Perhaps it was the whole world being
orange, or just the change from the usual, but she really like looking
a the tent.
We got up and got on with our day. We had lots of gear - nice
seats, a stroller that doubled as a bassenet and three different
stoves. Jeremy cooked us pancakes and we got ready to see the
world. Nara was surprised by bird sounds and spent a lot of time
looking at trees.
Cultus lake has a "Saturday Market" in the park behind the gas
station. We were on our way to the Chillwack farmers market
but I figured why not stop in? There was some locally produced
items and a little locally grown food but their was a big component of
flea market meets beach toy shop. The juxtaposition really threw
me off, but if you are looking for a traditional farmers market, maybe
this isn't what you have in mind.
Turns out the Chilliwack farmers market was almost a no show - only 5
vendors and not much of a selection. We are spoiled in our choice
in Vancouver (not as spoiled as Seattle though!) so I was a little
dissapointed. We finished up the rest of our shopping and
returned to camp.
Reason number 1 to take a baby camping. They
make a great lap warmer! Nara slept in her pack and play,
but she spent most of the days on someones lap. She really like
the attention - we actually had some problems after the weekend because
she got used to so much holding. Perhaps a little spoiling once
in a while is a good thing.
I'm really not a fan of camp fires when camping. I like trees -
not wood on fire. I don't like smoke. I don't find them
particulaly warming (put on a tuque). I'm not a fan of roast
marshmellows so that burning sugar on a stick thing doesn't do much for
me. We took a vote - turns out I'm entirely wrong - everyone else
loves camp fires and a nice camp fire is their number one reason for
camping. My bad.
Would you drive an hour and half to go to Minigolf? I didn't
think so. How about 5 minutes down the road? Perhaps the
last great advantage of camping is the location - a home base to make
exploring a new part of the world easier.
Thanks Mark and Jeremy for joining us! We couldn't have done it
People: Nara(6), Jeremy(4), Mark(2), Helen(1)
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