So…. is there anything better than a camping trip? We are lucky to have wonderful neighbors who have helped us remember the joy that is found in the outdoors. The have a lovely piece of property down south of Pueblo, Colorado, which works out to be around a 3 hour drive from where we live. E and I have traveled down there twice before this trip but C was never able to come camping with us. He was finally able to let his boss know enough in advance (I think he let his boss know 2 months in advance!) that he was able to take this weekend off and go with us.
There is something lovely about camping as a family. All the tasks are shared. Food making, cleaning, sleeping, watching the kids play… it’s just a wonderful and easy experience.I had always used food as a reason not to go camping: you CAN camp gluten free. It’s easy. Forgo bread and just do crackers and LOTS of veggies. We didn’t even bring any chips – just a box of crackers as a “bread” item (for cheese and the like). We did have problems with cross contamination – the brie plate had toast, people had bread on the hand they dipped into olive bowl…. Neither C nor E suffered any adverse reactions so I think we were ok to be lax on the gluten. If we go camping again, I may bring an extra plate to plate up a portion for us so there won’t be any cross contamination. We’ll see how it goes.
Oh. And I was sick the entire weekend. Just a (terrible) head cold, but sick none the less. I survived and am glad we went even though I had a cold!
chopping wood. I think this was C’s favorite part of the trip.
E playing with her friends.
On our way home we were tired, hungry and cranky looking for a place to eat on the road. We had traveled for an hour and a half and we still could not find a place that was shady for us to eat. Finally, we pass through this town and there is a great playground for the kids to play at and a shaded picnic area.
Take a picture mama! Grrrr!