Chicago Lake in the U.P.
Have you ever gone camping & thought to yourself: “Wow! This is so relaxing. I wish I could just live like this every day.” Camping is relaxing, enjoyable, and just plain fun. Yes, it is work, too! But work on a different level.
Now, I must tell you that when we go camping, we camp rustic style….no running water, electric, “regular” bathrooms or any of that fancy stuff. Just the great outdoors and if we’re lucky an outhouse (where you actually don’t have to dig a hole to take a dump)….haha. Usually we camp along some body of water – a river or lake. Which makes washing up & washing dishes easier, by not having to haul in all that water. We also enjoy the water activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, tubing, and knee boarding.
Yes, their little. But, size don't matter!
Last summer, we went camping in the U.P. (Michigan) for a week.We were on a lake, in the middle of no where, with my boyfriend’s family. There was about 30 of us altogether. We had so much fun! I got to go tubing, which was a challenge to see who could knock the other person off their tube or who could hang on the longest as we were whipped around the little lake doing figure 8s and being jolted over the waves we just created. Knee boarding was another challenge in itself. It is much harder to get up than I thought it would be. And, boy! When you wipe out on the water, it’s like hitting a brick wall as your body is twisted & rolls along the surface of the water. John (my boyfriend) enjoyed dirt biking with his uncles. It was great listening to the guys discuss who was a whimp and couldn’t keep up with the rest of the gang.
Havin' fun playing in the dirt! The joys of being a kid!
Some of the quieter activities we enjoyed were fishing, playing games at camp, and watching the stars. I went out fishing with my aunt and everyone told us, “You can’t catch fish in the middle of the day.” Boy, did we show them! We were having a blast on the lake catching one after another. We came back with a bucket full of fish! And, we had a tasty fish fry, too! My cousin and I paddled the boat out to the middle of the lake & laid out there watching the stars for hours. The sky was so full of stars up there in the middle of the woods in the U.P. We were laughing so hard everyone said they could hear us in camp.
One of the best things about camping is watching the kids play together! It reminds me how simple life can be and how just some dirt and trucks can entertain a little one for hours. My daughter, Abbie, had a great time playing with her cousin in the dirt for hours. Who cares if you’re filthy and have dirt underneath your nails. We’re camping and it’s the simple life. Sometimes life can get away from you and a great camping trip can help to relax and remember the important things in life are not t.v. and internet but rather family and fun!