There are lots of reasons for travel: to visit family, see new places, experience famous or historic sites firsthand, catch up with faraway friends, to learn more about knitting (possibly other hobbies too) or just so you can see the sun (a popular reason around here). We pack up and go for the excitement, the variety, the chance to step out of the daily grind and focus on fun.
Fun though is one of those slippery words. Are roller coasters fun? My kids love them, but they make me sick. Museums? Depends. Trying a new restaurant? Sure, but only if the food ends up being good. Sailing? Hiking? Watching a Broadway show? It’s all a matter of opinion.
For me camping is fun. I love the gorgeous scenery, the campfires, the activities, but mostly I like it because you can just be. No big plan, daily schedule, tour guide, or city map needed. No dressing up, trying to agree on a restaurant, or waiting in line. No herding, deadlines, or anything you’ll miss if you decide to linger over lunch.
You can play a board game, watch the squirrels (chipmunk?),
look for interesting rocks (Gilly’s favorite pastime),
roast hotdogs and smores,
and you can do it all with the whole family. Even the dog.
Although in our case the dog would really rather we didn’t camp near the water.
All pictures were taken at Lake Wenatchee State Park in Washington.