Adventuring

Adventuring: Traditional Camping Trip

The kids and I started a tradition 2 summers ago. It all started as a way for me to prove to myself I can do this on my own. I can make a wonderful life for my babies, I can take them on adventures all by myself and we can create our own little memories. This annual trip has become so special to us, and all 3 of us look forward to it all year.

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The week after school gets out, in early June, we set off for a week-long adventure. I cram as much as I can into my car, enough for us to live for a week away from home – camping gear, food, games, clothes, snacks… ALL the snacks – and we drive up to the Blue Ridge mountains in Georgia where we camp for 2 nights right on the Toccoa River.

The first year we made this trip, we had a reallllllly nasty storm come through in the middle of the night. The lightning and thunder were horrendous, as was the torrential downpour. I went into full on momma bear mode and carried each kid to the car in the midst of this storm. They slept in their carseats, while I turned on my headlights every 5 minutes to see how quickly the river was rising (we were in a flash flood zone). That was quite an interesting night.

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This past year (with awesome weather!) we hiked on the AT, explored some waterfalls, and went tubing down the river.

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The next 2 nights, we head for the Smokies where we camp in Cades Cove. This past year we were lucky enough to see a few black bears, and even (not-so-luckily) have one come hang out in our campsite at night. My tiny adventurers endured a 5 mile, steep hike (almost) without complaint. They both agreed that the waterfall reward at the end of the hike was worth it. I was incredibly proud of them for accomplishing that and understanding how rewarding a hike can be!

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The last 2 nights this past year were spent camping in Bryson City on a river. We had fun exploring the campground’s petting zoo (that included 2 day old goats and pregnant momma goats) and playground, and going tubing.

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After 6 nights of sleeping in a tent, it was difficult for me to adjust to sleeping indoors, in a real bed. Even my daughter mentioned that as well at the end of our trip – that she was going to miss sleeping in our tent.

Cannot wait to see what memories are made on our next annual three-musketeers camping trip!

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