A few days ago my husband, two daughters and myself just returned from our first family camping trip. The trip had been a dream request of my five year old daughter’s for some time, so with my experienced husband’s encouragement of her dream, I finally gave in.
We flew into San Francisco, baby carrier in tow, planning to rent a car and drive to Yosemite National park, with it’s huge sequoias, El Capitan and Half Dome monoliths.
From the beginning, I was worried about bears, but immediately upon landing, we found that the San Francisco area had just experienced a substantial earthquake in the past few hours. Earthquakes then joined my list of things to worry about.
When we finally arrived at the camp site, which was already pitched and complete with cozy, soft cots/beds. I couldn’t help but notice all the burnt trees drove there. Suddenly, forest fires in the middle of the night were also added to my list of things to worry about.
As my list grew, it never occurred to me how much fun I might have. Pushing a couple of beds together in order to snuggle for warmth while we were serenaded by bats, crickets and other animals throughout the night, was actually a nice way to fall asleep.
Using my flashlight and singing as we walked briskly at four in the morning, in the 100, or so feet of complete darkness and trees from our tent to the bathroom, helped to calm my daughter’s fears and mine, but it also made for some exciting memories that I won’t soon forget.
Locking food and toiletries away in a bear locker, using pampers on the girls heads because I didn’t think to pack comfortable hats to sleep in and still feeling like I was at a resort because of their great restaurant, pool, spa and kids playrooms, all made for a priceless and unforgettable vacation!
Thanks Evergreen lodge. I look forward to doing it again. Only next time, we will definitely reserve one your log cabins!