Does sitting on the couch whining about the heat count? ;)I would love to start a camping traaditin when my sons are a bit older. Even through their dad wouldn't make it ten feet out of town without crumbling. I just think camping would be lots of fun, and a great way to get them out in nature.
We go camping every Labor Day weekend on a dairy farm in Vermont with my whole family and some friends. It helps strengthen my yearning for a country home of my own.
We just got back from a week of camping about three hours from home. My family of five, along with my extended family (mom, brothers and sisters and their spouses/kids) all attend as well. It's a great spot, although not equipped with much in the way of amenities (pit toilets, no running water). We quite enjoy the "wilderness" aspect of it and the kids (10 cousins) have made it a annual tradition to make a raft out of the large driftwood logs that have washed up on the lake shore. Each year the rafts have become more elaborate (seats, sails, pontoons, hand carved paddles, etc) as the kids scheme for several months before the trip to come up with "this year's addition" before the trip. They're a pretty crafty bunch (and the moms and dads often can't resist getting in on the fun) and the end result raft easily holds 10-12 kids/adults and can be paddled out to a small island and back.We have so much fun and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Our family (tries) to go to the beach every summer. The beach changes depending where we can get the best price but the tradition is the same: rent a house, play board games, eat lots of barbeques and when the sun is down enough we won't all get skin cancer, swim in the surf for as long as we can. :)
Every summer my dauhgter and I go on a 2 week girls only camping trip. The husband drops us off, takes the vehicle and we are w/out transportation. We go to the same place, site changes though. We sit up late watching the stars and swimming. Days are spent gathering wood, reading hiking and playing whatever cloth "boardgames" we bring along. We also bring a book to read aloud. Even though she is in college we go off together for our annual camping trip. Only one year since she was little have we not been able to go and even then we set up the tent in the back 40, had our campfire, sat up til we couldn't keep our eyes open watching the stars. I certianly hope as she grows older and has kids of her own we will contiunue doing the girls camping trip. I think the hubby hopes so too! It gives him the quiet he needs!
My No. 2 daughter and I seem to have established a tradition of "bum chasing". I try and visit her in Illinois each summer and last year we'd made some great sandwiches to take to Millenium Park where an old friend of mine was to meet us for lunch. My friend never found us so I decided to give his sandwich to a bum, spotted someone dumpster-diving and hustled several blocks to offer the sandwich. No. 2 enjoyed that so much that this year she wanted to include it again, and we fed TWO indigents leftover food I'd hoped to save for the next day(s). I think it's now tradition.
Ooh, a bunch of things... When I was growing up, we hiked the same mountain every father's day (Mt. Major, in NH--an easy begin to the season) and then swam in a nearby lake. We used to go camping in NH, too. Near my parents' house is a wooded reservation with a lake that's good for swimming, but membership is expensive. So my mother and I sometimes biked down the road and had a quick dip at 6:30 or 7, before anybody showed up. Even now, if my visits are well-timed, we do it together and bike home dripping wet. It's great! :)
We have been camping with a family we became firends with in nursery school - we always have the same sites at a state park with a salt water beach - for 2 weeks. Always incorporating July 4th into it. The kids are getting bigger so the traditional wiffle ball games are getting more heated but its 2 weeks of dry (no hookup) camping - the solar panels on our camper keep the batteries charged and the shower house at the campground helps with water consumption. Its a great time and actually We've already booked next summer :)
Up until last year we use to go to a Summer Solstice festival, but it's not very kid friendly so this year we started the tradition of going to Echoes in Time every year. It's a week long workshop type of thing in learning primitive skills. It was lots and lots of fun. Check it out if you live in the Northwest and want something fun to do that us very kid friendly. http://www.echoes-in-time.com/
We go to Saltspring Island every year, and have been for the past 15 years. It's my idea of paradise (lots of crunchy people there!).
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