If 15 years ago someone had told me what I’m about to say, I never would have believed them. My dream family vacation includes a 20-ft 20-year-old pop-up camper, a shared shower facility and meals at a picnic table. It’s true. Living outside for a week with my boys gets me excited. We get to use headlight flashlights, hang out in our folding chairs on our astroturf outdoor mat and nobody cares if we have showered or shaved our legs (I guess that legs part only pertains to me). We find trails to hike, roast marshmallows and pee in the trees. (I only do that when it’s the middle of the night and the bathhouse is too long of a walk 🙂 ) And best of all, we get to do these things as a family – together. (Not the peeing 🙂 )
Being married to Mr. Outdoor Adventure Man, I quickly resigned myself to being a part of a camping family, but I have genuinely come to love it. So much so that I am awaiting the day that Lewis is old enough to carry a pack on his back and walk a few miles so we can go a real family backpacking trip Haverkamp family style. My friend, Tori, and her family take these awesome backpacking vacations to places like Colorado, Alaska and some little uninhabited island.
Corey talked me into doing one of those kinds of trip for our 10th anniversary. You can read about our “practice” trip here and our anniversary trip here. I was completely apprehensive before the first trip, almost to the point of tears as I was packing my milk gallon-sized bag that had to hold all of my clothes and toiletries for two days and two nights. But I loved it. I also loved the hot shower at the end of it, but I enjoyed the hiking too. I have even started reading Backpacker magazine and daydreaming about what trip we might take with the boys in a few years…
So what about you? What’s your Dream Family Vacation? Leave a comment to let me know. Maybe I’ll get some new ideas.