Group Camping!

Last year we went camping for the first time as a family of four. Or rather, we went camping for the first time ever with kids. (I wrote some camping advice here, if you’d like to try it with your young kids this summer!)

This past weekend we kicked off the summer with our annual camping trip with our church small group (12 adults, 9 kids, 2 dogs, 1 baby on the way), and we had a blast.

Originally I was going to type out that I’m not sure whether the kids or parents had more fun, but let’s be honest, it was definitely the kids!

We drove about three hours southeast to the Brooks Memorial State Park Campground and stayed at the group campsite. Overall, I think it was a pretty good location. It was cold and rainy in the Seattle area, so it was nice to get some sunshine, warm (almost hot!) weather, and clear skies. The only downsides were a lack of trees (so not much shade) in the group campsite, and the wind and bees were a bit overwhelming. However, we still really enjoyed it!

A recap: Our group camping trip with young kids

A recap: Our group camping trip with young kids

Both full days we were there, we drove to nearby Maryhill State Park, which is along the Columbia River in the gorge. The girls had a blast splashing in the shallow water, and it was a great way to cool off! Plus, the scenery was really pretty. I’m always surprised at how dry eastern Washington is!

Other highlights of the trip:

  • S’mores. Obviously.
  • Seeing the gorgeous sunsets and other views.
  • Sitting around the campfire with friends.
  • Watching the girls get filthy in the mud and having a blast.
  • Sipping morning coffee. There is no better start to my day than drinking coffee outdoors.
  • Sleeping in a tent. I actually really enjoy it!

I also loved the drive to the state park. Washington is a gorgeous state and I am still taking it all in!

A recap: Our group camping trip with young kids

I can’t wait for our next camping adventure!

Have you tried camping with young kids? What was your experience?!

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