We really roughed it in the woods at Buck’s Pocket this weekend. We went camping, and I mean primitive camping. No running water, no bathrooms, and–the best part–no other people! (If you don’t count the 4WD vehicles roaring by on the dirt road above us in the middle of the night.) I guess I was feeling a little like a survivalist, so on the ride home I asked the kids what 5 things they would take with them if they had to live in a cave for a week.
1. video games (hey, it would be a great chance to get to play every day instead of Mondays only)
2. a bed
3. a chair
4. matches (that’s my boy)
5. food (kind of an afterthought)
1. a bed
2. a couch
3. a chair
5. scissors (easy to see her priorities: first, comfort and second, crafts)
We did have a very good little vacation, and it would have been perfect if we hadn’t had to put a two-year-old to bed in a tent. He was so excited that he just couldn’t calm down. He rolled around, threw himself on his brother and sister, and lost his blankie multiple times. When he finally was getting tired enough to go to sleep, everyone needed to go the bathroom again. Which brings me to the other part that kept the trip from being perfect: little girls and no bathrooms. I think we coped very well, although I will be a little less minimalist in packing extra pants next time. And I will definitely pack the toilet paper myself, as Nick seems to think a quarter of a roll is sufficient for a family of five.
The best part of our secluded campsite was the dry creek bed within 100 feet of it. The huge boulders made a fantastic playground for both kids and parents. We can’t wait to go back!