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 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!