Roughing it or glamping?

This past weekend the family and I went to Deception Pass State Park to join our close friends on a camping adventure.  I personally have not camped since I was a child when my mom and dad would take my sister and I on annual fishing/camping trips with their close friends.  The idea of roughing it in the woods does not sound too appealing to me but after visiting our friends’ camp sites during previous years I was confident that I would be more “glamping” than roughing it.  Plus my camping memories as a child are some of the fondest memories I have growing up and I want to give that to my kids.

Our friends made it to the camp site on Friday and we joined them on Saturday because Brian had an event he was producing on Friday.  Deception Pass State Park is about a 2 hour drive from Seattle and a coveted destination area.  The view is quite remarkable with beautiful lakes, mountains, and islands; and the campsite has amazing old-growth forests, simple hiking trails with close proximity to sandy beaches.

Thanks to our friends the campsite was already set up with all the amenities to have a comfortable stay. Ume quickly joined her buddies on her scooter riding around the campsite.  She is at the age where she can follow directions and has good safety awareness, so we can trust her to scooter around with the older kids. Poor Violet had serious FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and needed to be entertained by us adults.  We had a fun time playing at the beach followed by a lovely bbq dinner, S’mores, and lots of wine and whiskey.

It was a great time to enjoy nature, for the kids to disconnect from the TV/iPad, and for us adults to enjoy each others company in a different environment.  We spent time at the beach, got dirty, and the kids played hard outdoors.  Our sleep was not the greatest because we were outside in the elements with the birds chirping as our alarm clock but we did have the comforts of an inflatable mattress.  With all the terrible sadness and drama going on in the world, it was a good time to get away and create happy memories.

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