Our family’s annual trip to Yosemite is just around the corner. It’s a time that kids and adults alike look forward to throughout the year. When I tell people that I tent-camp for a week every year, they are pretty surprised. When I tell them that I’ve been doing it for almost 12 years with my kids when one was eight months and when the other was two months, they are shocked.
But the secret is that I actually have it really easy. My mother and father-in-law really know how to set-up a campsite with all the bells and whistles. They have tried and true methods to make sure everyone feels comfortable. From welcome mats at the tents to area rugs for kiddos to stretch out on, there are touches of thoughtful convenience that feel less like “roughing it” and more like “glamping” at a 5 star resort complete with blended drinks at a daily cocktail hour.
Each year we head out for a week filled with nature and with about thirty family members and countless Yosemite friends. My mother-in-law has been to Yosemite every year of her life. Throughout that time she and her siblings made friends with several families that also made Yosemite their annual vacation. They still have those friends and they all still go to Yosemite, only now with their kids and grandkids and great grandkids.
We make new memories while we hear stories about fire falls, camp dances, marriage proposals, that time the squirrel snuck into the cabin and the year it rained every day. We learn how to play new card games and forget all about TV shows and apps. We rave about the fresh air, the way the morning sun glitters on the granite cliffs, and the way the breeze sounds when it blows through the trees. Though my husband may have seen close to everything Yosemite has to offer, when exploring with the kids it’s like he’s seeing it all for the first time.
Make plans to explore nature and make memories of your own, whether it’s a day trip for a hike, a weekend in a tent, or a whole week of roughing it. You’ll have memories that last a lifetime.