Lakes, Bears, Forests & Fires AKA Beautiful Toddler Death Traps
We camp a lot in the summer – we love spending time outdoors, so camping just comes naturally to our family. And, as an added bonus most of the places we camp do not have cell phone coverage, so we usually end up disconnecting from life for a few days.
But this summer has been a tad bit different. Some of our favourite camping spots have massive, raging mountain rivers. And we have a toddler who has a toddler brain and doesn’t listen all that well. And, more importantly he has absolutely no fear of water. So, we have simply avoided going to places with raging rivers – it just seems safer to completely avoid the horrifying possibility of Little MPB running into a river that would sweep him away in mere milliseconds.
We also learned on our very first camping trip this summer, that camping with a toddler is work. In fact, it is the least enjoyable camping we’ve ever done. Don’t get me wrong, Little MPB loves nearly every second of camping and we have some absolutely wonderful moments. But, it’s just work right now as there is literally no down time camping with a toddler – we are watching him like a hawk, because of the aforementioned toddler brain and love of water. From the moment he wakes up, to the moment he goes to sleep, an adult is constantly at his side because everywhere we camp has a lake to drown in, bears to eat toddlers and forests to get lost in. A curious toddler brain also means cooking on a stove and/or having a camp fire is an added challenge, so much so that camp fires just happen after he goes to bed. But really, right now, camping is more like just trying to avoid beautiful toddler death traps.
And don’t even get me started on camping with the neurotic Doodle MPB, she adds an interesting twist into everything we do as a family.
Needless to say, camping this year has been nothing short of exhausting. So much so that friends, with a toddler, actually cancelled a trip we had planned together saying we just don’t have the energy for trying to keep our toddler alive in the mountains this weekend. We fully respected their decision, it is hard work keeping a toddler alive in the mountains. And I’ll admiit, we used their cancellation as an excuse to not go too. Normally we go camping about 6 times every summer, this year, it looks like we are only going 3 times.
All this said, we aren’t about to stop camping, just because it’s harder then we are used to. Spending time completely disconnected from technology in the outdoors is great for kids (and parents too). The mountains refresh my heart and soul and rejuvenate me in a way I just cannot explain. Simply, our whole family is happier after spending time in the great outdoors.
And, I honestly believe this is just a phase based on Little MPB’s age. I think next year, when Little MPB will be 3.5 years old, it will be a bit easier. And I’m convinced the following year, when Little MPB will be 4.5, it will be even easier.
And so we will keep camping. And we’ll make an extra effort to really enjoy our next weekend away, as it’s probably the last one of this camping season.
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