Finding joy in the outdoors since 1988
Sometimes money is tight, sometimes time is short, sometimes you need to step out a minute and grab some time back from the world. You can do this at a moment’s notice, though it’s not as easy; it’s definitely still worth the effort. When Friday rolls around and you can’t think of anything to do, don’t be afraid to spontaneously pack and scramble out into the wilderness for a short camping trip. Just one day and night with friends, kids, and family can mend a heart that’s been beaten down by the work week.
One of the great “gifts” I have that my wife doesn’t consider a gift at all, is the ability to change plans at a moment’s notice (Basically I don’t organize or lock myself into plans and kind of just go with the flow/laid back my way into my weekend events).... but, I see it as more of a “taking advantage of short-term opportunities.” My wife plans the vacations, dental appointments, etc. I come up with spur-of-the-moment things to do when everyone is bored, we compliment each other like that. For those who need a little more routine and planning to feel safe enough to take a quick plunge into a weekend camping trip here’s my (say this fast) quick trip tip list:
Don't Over Pack
Of course the best case scenario is to have a dedicated camping bug out bag that’s ready to roll at a moment’s notice. (We actually do this for the boys since they’re cool with what ever color combo’s dad’s color/style-blind eyes pick)
Eat Before You Go
You let the fam slam a big meal before the adventure begins; and really, what beats good hot Hit up quick decent size meal to take the pressure off of dinner. Mom doesn’t need to waste the only evening on the trip worrying about getting the food absolutely gourmet perfect. Hot dogs and smores can cut it if dogs on an open fire?
Go With Public State Owned Ground
Put Nature at the Center
I love taking a quick fishing trip. If I’m with my family I make it basically a day on the river filled with floating, learning, catching fish with the kids, splashing around and enjoying the beauty. You first notion may be the that young kids won’t be into identifying birds, fish, and critters in the water but you may be surprised. My 4 year old son can identify more fish than the average 15 year old males that I teach. (pro for being a Bio teacher’s/Fly fishing addict’s son) Teach your kids, teach yourself and above all allow nature to bring you closer to your kids.
Quick Fixes/Low-Prep food
Don't Rush It
Cramming your mind with logic problems of how you’re going to fit everything you do on a normal week-long trip into just one day will be a nightmare, just let go of the reigns a bit and allow nature to win out. A game of tag with the kids, renting a SUP board, skipping rocks, just kicking back and being silent, all winners in my book.