We don’t general consider traveling around in an Airstream to be “camping”. Camping involves a tent, a backpack (preferably), lots of open space, yummy food, a campfire, snuggling in a sleeping bag, and waking up to the sound of the birds chirping, and sunlight streaming through the slightly open, zipped up window. It also involves lots of playing, exploring, hiking, and generally not worrying about “real” life. I know this is not everyone’s definition, but it certainly is ours. Because we tend to do “real life” kinds of things on a daily basis (school, work, grocery shopping, laundry) no matter where we are, we feel more like we are living in a house with wheels than we are camping out.
We got to El Chorro Regional Park just outside of San Louis Obispo around lunch one day. Its beautiful. Lots of camp sites spaced fairly generously apart, full grown trees and bushes, rolling hills surrounding the park. We knew it was going to be good. Add to that we had full hook-ups (a rarity among campgrounds like this) and we were in heaven. Our site had enough space and we were staying long enough that the kids convinced me to set up the tent for them to play in. One thing led to another, and suddenly we were shopping for hot dogs and s’mores ingredients, buying firewood, and pulling out all the sleeping bags. It was so fun.
I really have missed camping. There’s just something so relaxing about sleeping in a tent. The kids did great – tucked them in and for the most part, they went right to sleep. Sam and I did hang out in the trailer for awhile at night just to get some work done, but then we joined them in the tent as well. I seriously have the most comfortable sleeping bag. Ever.
I’m hoping this will become a more regular activity as the weather warms up and we can sleep outside more. Well, more regular for the kids anyway. Sam and I both woke up with pretty sore shoulders. Apparently we are getting older? I don’t feel older. Anyway, good times. We all went to sleep smelling like smoke and I didn’t even have to wash the sheets afterwards.