We haven’t been out camping yet this year so these photos are actually from last year. Oh how I crave camping in the mountains…
There’s just so much to benefit from outdoor privacy in the mountain air. Those who enjoy this pastime know exactly what these benefits are. With having these little cowkids it’s definitely a little more effort getting packed and up there, but if I’m being honest… it’s a thousand times even more rewarding!
The joy it brings to these little faces to throw rocks, pickup sticks, and explore the forest just reminds me of the simplicity in what is truly grand.
Here are 4 big reasons why we camp.
#1 To find solitude
With neighbors to the left and to the right and social media in our pockets and on our minds. I feel sometimes I am constantly on display, and it is so so draining. Especially for an introvert such as myself. When it’s just our little family away from technology and people it creates just the solace not only I need, but I feel we as a family needs. We’re truly together, without anyone on the outside traipsing in. It’s the comfort we find in being alone together as a single family unit.
#2 To Remember what is truly essential.
I know there are some that pack anything and everything under the sun. Toys, games, tables, food in all it’s variety, etc etc…. which honestly to each their own and that is completely ok to do! But for me, I love the simple I find in packing and camping. Simple meals. Easy cleanup. Easy lightweight packing. No toys. No tables (that’s what our tailgate’s for!). Nothing that’s going to take us that much more time to pack, assemble and dissemble. Food, clothing, shelter (and a first aid kit!). Those are the basics. Those are the necessities. We can survive without showers, we can survive with wearing some of the same dirty clothes. We can survive on so much less than we do. And this is especially true for our kids. They find so much to do in nature that no toy could ever compare. Sticks, pinecones, rocks, and a creek is the ultimate imagination station. No one needs entertaining when camping. We create and find contentment just being with each other.
#3 To be reminded of the beautiful world Heavenly Father created.
Nature does wonders for my spirit. It’s simple things like nature that we take so easily for granted. And we forget who hath created it at times. It’s perfect. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and magnificent in all it’s variety. Mountain tops and forest clearings are some of the most sacred places there are in this world. It’s a renewal of faith that God does exist. And he created this wonderful world for us.
#4 To gain perspective
It’s so much easier to pluck out the important things and set goals of where you want to be when you are pulled back from the situation. When you walk yourself out of the painting and in front of that gallery wall. You can better understand and appreciate things you missed because you focused on only what you could see up close. It brings such perspective in what is important and what isn’t. What stresses you’ve been carrying for no reason, and what meaningful things you have overlooked. With perspective, you can start editing your life so you can get back on track to where you truly desire to be.
Camping is just plain wonderful.
Happy camping season all!