August 3, 2012

Five (x4) for Friday: Let's Go Glamping!

It's high summer here in the northern hemisphere, and my daughters are visiting my husband and me at our home in New Hampshire. We're having a blast together, reveling in this wonderful chance to be a family again for an entire, undisturbed week.


I'm still getting used to the fact that the four of us no longer live near one another since Mark and I moved here just over a year-and-a-half ago. In fact, our youngest moved from Salt Lake City to Chicago this past May in order to pursue an opportunity there. So not only is it wonderful for us all to be together as a family, but my girls are equally excited to be reunited in their sisterhood once again.


Now I don't know about you, but one of our favorite things to do together as a family is tent camp. We went on dozens and dozens of trips into the wild over the years when our daughters were growing up--to the strikingly breathtaking Utah deserts to the high country mountains with their infinite vistas--and the wilder the better. We would pitch our tents, set up camp, and get ready to relax and enjoy. Whether hiking to the nearest lake or rock formation, roasting marshmallows over glowing campfires, stargazing in a moonless sky, or giggling in our tents before bedtime, some of our fondest memories have been made in the Great Outdoors.

A favorite photo of Nicole and Beccah from one of our many trips to the Utah desert, long ago
For we don't happen to mind the minor inconveniences. We don't mind getting a little dirty. We don't mind breaking out the can of bug spray or sleeping on the ground.

For there's nothing like waking up at the quiet of first light, the morning air so crisp and fresh you can taste it. There's nothing quite like the hypnotic glow of a campfire and its talent for drawing out meaningful conversation. And there's nothing like disconnecting from the stresses of day-to-day living. In embracing a day filled with nothing but adventure. In giving in, joyfully, to an afternoon with a good book as the pines whisper their glad tidings overhead. In the chance to experience the peaceful solace of reflection.

Fortunately, for those of you for whom the "messiness" of the Great Outdoors is distasteful, there is glamping. A coin of the two words "glam" and "camping," glamping is all the rage. And it doesn't really matter whether you are outdoors or indoors, young or old, or somewhere in between, pitching a tent has never been so hip, trendy, and fun! (And I promise, you'll never break a nail!) Check it:





















What about you? Are you a "happy camper"? Do you prefer roughing it or is "glamping" more your style? I'd love to hear which of these "camps" you belong to and why!

Thanks for indulging me in this "campy" post, friends! (Oh I just couldn't resist!)

Have a great weekend!

~Cath

62 comments:

paperella said...

Such beautiful family photos, Cath! I'm glad that you have your babies by your side for a few days, your face shines with joy :)

Pam said...

Such a sweet story with sweet memories! Enjoy your week!! I like the teardrop camper. Small enough to go anywhere(and pull!), with a little area for supplies! Just perfect!

Quip1320 said...

So glad you can have some time together! What fun. I'm a cabin type camper...with all the amenities. ;)

Liva said...

Glad that you're having some fab family time!
And oh how gorgeous camping and glam-ping pics - occasionally there is a charm in each of them, so from time to time you have to enjoy both.
Hugs,
Liva ❤

Katie said...

So nice that you can all be together. The weather in NH has been perfect vacation weather, too! I know I have been enjoying it over here in Maine. My preference for camping? Glam. We used to be a rough it kind of family for years until the year of three trips gone awry...tent flooded on one trip, hubby forgot the tent poles on another, and last but not least a puking child in the tent. Pack me up in one of those cute retro campers, yep, I am a Glam girl now.

lucretia said...

Heavens but your husband looks young. Only about 30 in fact.
What a happy looking family.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous photos of your family! You all look so happy!

I do love camping, although we haven't been for a while. After looking through your post, I have developed a yearning to own one of those gorgeous retro trailers! :-)

Jean said...

What beautiful photos!!! We used to have a little pop up trailer and have great memories of our kids camping in it!

TLady said...

Hi Cath! I'm so glad you are enjoying your time with your girls! There's nothing like family!
I am a "glamper!" I'm NOT into sleeping on the ground!:/Bugs... ICK! I like the comforts of home! I don't mind a campfire, but I think I'd be more happy in the Pink Trailer from Retro Renovation OR Constance the Vintage Caravan from Snail Trail! They're SO PRETTY! AND more like home! SOMETHING SPECIAL! LOVE the VINTAGE! :)AND I THINK you could hook up electricity to those too, huh? :) (My hair needs TLC every morning to look decent! SERIOUSLY! I'm one of those women who have to WORK AT looking pretty! )

Maureen Morton said...

Get off of the darn computer and enjoy your great family time, Cath.....love the photos and the update on camping (which I would NEVER do, btw). Looking great, girl!

Debstamps said...

So happy for your family Cath! Nothing beats time together no matter where you are or what you do. Reading your post brought back so many memories of growing up tent camping all over the West...and I'll always remember seeing my first fireflies on the way driving/tent camping to take my little sister to Induction Day at the Naval Academy many moons ago!

Lin said...

What darling girls you have, Cath! And I so enjoyed the glamping pics - have never heard of it until now! We camped in a tent camper for many, many years when our boys were little, didn't graduate to a hotel until they were in high school, and when they left for college, we went on "up" to B&B's. I do miss the smell of woodsmoke, the sound of loons. One of our favorite places to camp was at Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine, right near the border of NH, down near North Conway......check it out if you still do this. It made for wonderful family memories.......But I DON'T miss the damp sheets when it would rain all week.....:))

Colleen Dietrich said...

Cath, it was nice to see pics of you and your family! You are all so beautiful together. :) Those glam camping pics are really cool, too!

Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

Enjoy your time with your beautiful girls!!!
I am definately an ordinary - sleeping on the ground - getting dirty type of camper - but ohhh - how I would LOVE to decorate one of those super sweet caravans.
You just inspired me to do a little glamping type of dinner on the balcony tonight - hope hubby and little Ted will enjoy it! Thanks Cathfor everything you do! Hugs, Karin

richardbreaks said...

Camping for me involves a Holiday Inn, and leaving my jewelry at home! Hope you have a FAB time!

Kara Lynne said...

So glad you have the family together! We have two girls, 10 and 8, and we are on our way out this week to camp at the Warren Dunes in Michigan. They LOVE it!

Mary-Anne V said...

Such a beautiful family..keep creating the memories!

Virginia L. said...

I did see the local ad for "glamping" in my part of Canada just last week. I am even more intrigued now! Love the photos that you selected, Cath! Enjoy your time with your lovely family in the great outdoors!

flowerdisco said...

i haven't camp in years. we used to go scout camping every summer while my son was younger. i still miss it!
great inspiration on these pics! tfs.

Helen F. said...
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Helen F. said...

Love the family photos, you all look so happy to be together...enjoy your time with them, Cath!
PS: not the outdoor camping type, but I might like this glamping thing ;o)

stamplover2011 said...

Wonderful camping ideas! And wonderful pictures of the family! We are not the camping type family but I have to admit those are some neat tents.

Julie S. said...

Great pics ! I love all of the vintage campers. I'm an outside kind of girl. I love to go camping with my family.

Scrapycandy said...

A bed in a tent...just my style! I am now rethinking my bedroom...Ha!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What a wonderful post, Cath, and it sounds like you're having a wonderful time!! We used to camp a ton when we were kids but I haven't camped in about 20 years. My husband and I talk about it and I think we'll have to give it a try! :)

Lisa C. said...

Your family photos are awesome!! I have never camped in my whole life. It's just not me. But I love the glam photos!!
Cathy - I just wanted to tell you that my hubby and I traveled to NH last fall for a week. I LOVE your state! My dream is to move there. But for now I'll settle for another fall vacation this October.I can't wait!!

Myoriah said...

Lovely family pictures. Glad you all have this time together.

I have been looking for a few years at the teardrop camper thinking about getting one. Never seem to be able though. I'm too much of a roughing it gal but I must admit that now I sleep on an air mattress. This body of mine is too old to sleep on the ground. Have to admit there are advantages to trailers and there are some really glam ones out there.

Mirta Sanchez said...

If I could be guaranteed one of those FABULOUS spots, I would be all over glamping!
Love your family pics, enjoy your time together! Nothing else is so necessary and divinely inspired.

Becky said...

Glad you get to spend time with your daughters! We too love "roughing it", although with all of those fabulous pics, glamping looks very fun!

Nana Rogers said...

You have lovely daughters! They look like both of you, strong family resemblances. And lovely big smiles! I love Camping, never Glamped before. ;-)) Camping makes for such lovely memories like you and your girls have. Our boys have them too. So do I from being a kid. Nothing beats family time away from the hustle and bustle of towns. Seeing nature and enjoying fresh clean air. And a little dirt never hurt anyone. But that is just my opinion. lol

Barbara said...

Glam camping is for me! Those resort like tent seem like fun! Hope you have a great time with your family all together.

Bethany Crowell said...

DEFINITELY my kind of camping! :)
What a beautiful family you have...how fun to be together! Enjoy...

Kim M said...

While I like the cabin/cottage/camper type of camping, I still love old fashioned tent camping. It's just plain fun!

Carolyn King said...

Enjoy your wonderful time together. Great pics....I could so totally "glamp!" :)

Nerina said...

Glamping for sure (I don't know why, but I've never been able to go to sleep with a rock under my head, and we have a LOT of wildlife here. Somehow lying under a whisp of vinyl makes me feel like live bait.)

I love the little teardrop camper (although it just looks a *little* bit like a Polly Pocket invention :0) ENJOY your precious time with your daughters!

Barbara said...

Glamping is more my style and I love some of the pictures you shared! Who knew about the glamour aspect????

Rebecca Ednie said...

I'm totally a glamper! I really don't like camping mainly because of all the work, bugs and not having my own toilet. What can I say? I'm a girlie girl who likes comfort. I have a disability so what would be a slight discomfort to most equals pain for me.

donna mikasa said...

Happy Glamping! That's my kind of camping! =)

Carol L said...

TFS those great family photos and "tents!" I hope you all enjoy the week together and that it goes very slowly!
We always took our kids camping when they were little, and that's how families really connect - over a fireplace, roasting marshmallows for s'more's, or making "mountain pies." How I truly miss those great times we spent together!

Chris D. said...

This is the first I've heard of glamping. It's ridiculous! LOL! You might as well stay in a 4 star hotel. Just as you are Cath, I am a camper through and through!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Beautiful photos of your family - hope you're having the best time!
Luxury camping is the only camping our family (excluding my husband) are in to! My daughter is in scouts and goes to camp and has fun with her friends, but she would choose 5star any time! Unfortunately she gets that from her mum! The only camping holiday we have had was in Canada in a huge motorhome.

jengd said...

Have a wonderful visit with the girls- so glad they made it out at the same time! Glamping would be MUCH more my style than camping. While I've never been truly camping (3x- twice in bare-minimum "lodges" in middle school on school trips, once in a 3 wall, 1 open lean-to in high school), none of my experiences were good ones so camping isn't something that's appealed to me. I love the THOUGHT of it but again, bad history and everyone's OK when I'm around outside because the mosquitoes chew me to bits, spray or no. :)

Barb King said...

Lovely photos of your girls. I was a camper for years, (drove and camped across the US 3 times) now it's hotels for us, although some of those glamping tents look pretty nice. There is something wonderful about waking up outside in the morning!

Susan said...

Hi Cath,
So nice to see that you are doing so well post-surgery! What great family pictures. Enjoy every moment of having the four of you together. It goes by way too quickly.
I haven't camped in many years and would probably be more of an airstream glamping girl now. Those pictures are divine though!

Stampingville said...

Oh my, did this bring back memories. From summer camp to pitching a tent to small trailers, me & camping go way, waaaaayyyyy back. Alas, no more. Hubby is from the camp that believes roughing it is Holiday Inn. Your moxie fab description is spot on though. Loved these photos of glamping - so cool!
p.s. Also loved your adorable family pics. Have fun!!

Nancy said...

What a sweet family you have! Thanks for sharing those adorable faces! I have never been much of a camper, but exploring the outdoors is always fun. I just would rather sleep in a bed (indoors) after the adventure!

Conniecrafter said...

Your family photo's are terrific, so glad your enjoying your time together :)
Wow glamping, hadn't heard of it, I grew up camping in Michigan, and when we first got married we did alot of camping but as I grew older the thoughts of laying on the ground and later when we bought air mattress and having to get up off of them just started sounding less appealing, staying in Hotels have become our way in the past 5 years, although we keep talking about going back to Michigan were the camping is wonderful!

Tigerberry said...

It was so much fun going through the camping "tents" with you. I only camped out once and that was enough for me. I am more of the indoor sleeping quarters type person. However, I did like the Mary Jane one. Thanks for coming up with such a fun variety. Enjoy your girls.

Karen Letchworth said...

Love these pics! I was never much of a "camper" until my hubby bought us a HUGE Toy Hauler to bring our 4-wheelers along and we can now "camp" in style. It's a happy medium for all of us!

lugarandcompany said...

The Reverie caught my eye because of the sweet pinks! Thank you for sharing these "clamping" opportunities! Beautiful photos!

lugarandcompany said...

The Reverie caught my eye because of the sweet pinks! Thank you for sharing these "clamping" opportunities! Beautiful photos!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Anything that had close full functioning plumbing would work for me! LOL! I love the family photo! Enjoy your time with your girls! :)

Nicole Doiron said...

I definitely would love to do a little Glamping! hehe

Aixa M. said...

Glad you're enjoying the time with your girls and hubbie!

Julie S. said...

You're killing me! I want to go!

Pamela Haskin said...

Such a nice family you have there. I love camping out. I like going with a tent. If we are going for more than two days, I like a tent I can stand up in.

jklswife said...

Got to spend time with my both my daughters and their hubbys this weekend...precious moments! We went camping in a little camper when our girls were little, and i guarantee it was nowhere near as cute as ANY of those lovely "FORTS" shown above!

Betty-Ann said...

We're definitely a camping family...if my husband's job didn't get in the way, we'd be camping all summer! We're also a scouting family, so needless to say, we'll camp anywhere at any time! thanks for sharing :)

Jacquie Southas said...

Fabulous family photos - we are just back from a mini-family reunion and cherish our annual get together. The kids all tent in my sister's yard, but I admit to prefering a bed for my aging body. A big RV has no appeal for me, but that little teardrop camper might steal mmy heart!

Enjoy every second of your family time!

Bethany said...

I am a very happy camper who prefers roughing it. In fact, I just got back from doing that very thing :)
(totally love that picture of your girls when they were younger. reminds me of some of my sis and I)

Jill Norwood said...

Just love the beautiful photos of your family. Love all the lovely camping inspiration photos too! It is a wondrous thing to get my son into the outdoors where he can see an entire canopy of stars! The heavens are often not viewed by the children of today and they don't know what they are missing! :)

Robin K. said...

Thanks for sharing a little slice of your life:). You have a beautiful family! Your post brought back so many memories. There's a big age gap between my two brothers and me(we're all 7 yrs apart and I'm the youngest) and my parents traded in the tent for a camper when I joined the family. We still cooked our meals over the campfire and sat for hours afterwards just watching the flames flicker and then burn out. Talk about disconnecting with the world!! I still remember eating my first jelly camp pie and thinking it was better than any Pepperidge Farm turnover I'd had and catching bright orange salamanders:)