When I was a kid, my family used to go camping every year, plus a few short trips with the Girl Scouts. Since I've lived on my own, I haven't gone camping at all (unless you count the months that we traveled across the country in a VW Vanagon--we did stay at a few campgrounds then).
This past weekend, Sean and I took a 4 days off to camp with our friend Autumn and her extended family in Scotts Mills, OR. It was strange to be completely disconnected from technology for that long. It was pretty much the only way we could force ourselves to relax, and it was much-needed!
Mostly, we just sat around the firepit eating junk food, but our campground also had lots of activities for us: paintball (Sean and I sat that one out, but the other guys had fun giving each other welts), frisbee golf, volleyball, and more. Our large group site came with a yurt, which had fusball and airhockey.
It wasn't quite "roughing it", but it was low-stress and simple. If only the weather had a been a little warmer (it dropped down to the 60's for most of the time we were there), maybe we wouldn't have huddled around that fire so much. It's still nice to get away every now and then to make you really appreciate the running water and flushing toilets at home.
Thanks to the Drey family for sharing your hospitality with us! We had fun!
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