Our family camping trip to Kittatinny Campground in Barryville, NY was simply FANTASTIC! First of all, if you have never been true camping, put it on your bucket list. I for one love camping, and I know it's not for everyone, but the bonding that happens, especially when there is no wifi, is just something you can't get doing anything else.
When I was little, every year for my moms birthday we would go camping. Every. Year. Rain or shine, we went camping. All of their friends and their friends' kids would come and it was always a blast! Some of my favorite memories, actually. Our camping trip started off a little rough, leaving an hour later than we wanted to, having to stop at the store for items we forgot to pack (like a cast iron skillet and a grate for the fire..so important!) and our kids (and the dog) getting restless in our 2.5 hour drive. But once we got there it was heaven.
We ate some of the BEST food of our lives on this trip. I don't know what it is about cooking over a campfire but I'm telling you, it was delicious! I planned ahead and made some tinfoil packs to throw on the grill. One of our favorites was the fresh fish my son caught with garlic, lemon, and butter, and potatoes, onions and garlic in butter and olive oil in another pack. OMG YUM! And the pancakes in the cast iron skillet...who knew?!
For the first few hours, my teenage son, Alex, was bugging me about wifi (who woulda guessed that?). Once he realized it wasn't happening that blew over pretty quickly. One of my favorite memories from this trip is being in the tent at night with all 6 of us (and the dog, lol!). We had a flashlight and some card games going but for some reason this one night we all got the giggles. I have no idea what really started it (I think it was Alex wanting in on rock-paper-scissors...you had to be there!). None of us could stop laughing! I mean, I had tears coming out of my eyes, it was so intense. At that moment I was literally on my dream vacation with my family. A simple camping trip = quality family time without distractions.
Anyone who knows us, knows Julian, my pre-teen, is a hands-on outdoorsman so he was completely in his element. He started a fire out on the rocks in the stream and was in his glory. He could start a fire and not get in trouble for it..lol! So yeah, he manned our fire for pretty much the whole trip. The girls (including Roxy) were just wonderers, playing in the water, relaxing on the hammock, all without a care in the world.
Some of the other activities were zip lining and tubing down the Delaware River but since Josie doesn't know how to swim yet, we opted out of that (the water was so rough!). I'm glad I took my camera out for one day and only brought my trusty 35mm. I did't get wrapped up in taking portraits or think about getting creative. I really enjoyed our time spent together but I'm also glad I have some photographic evidence of our trip. Just enough! I even had Alex taking some pictures and taught him a little bit about my camera, so that was cool!