growing up we were a very outdoorsy family. our calendar was filled with playground dates, soccer practices, swimming at the pool, nights playing/ watching our parents play tennis, with our weekends revolving around soccer games + tournaments.
whenever we did get a break from our busy schedule, my parents always made sure our vacations were to somewhere with a great outdoor space. my dad (the outdoors man) made sure we fell in love the outdoors. he taught me to be careful of raccoons, watch our for bears, taught me what a walking stick (bug) was, and how to cook s'mores perfectly over a fire. the vacations i remember the most were when we would wake up in the back of my dad's suburban already on our way to beautiful colorado. in colorado our summer days were filled with mountain biking, day hikes, picnics, + camping in the mountains.
i cannot wait until the weather cools off this fall + we all go on our first camping trip as a family with nathan. i want nathan to experience all the fun nature has to offer. i imagine our days being filled with fishing, catching lightning bugs, looking for shooting stars, going on adventures, skipping rocks, roasting smores over a campfire, + sleeping outside with the stars as our blanket.
if you are from the area, i have compiled a list of great places to go camping near by:
fairfield state park, dinosaur valley state park, cedar hill state park, ray roberts lake, possum kingdom lakeshore (some of these sites offer outdoor camping or lodge rental)