One of my favorite memories as a kid, was our family summertime camping trips. We were a car-camping family and so the trips included riding a few hours (or more) in a stuffed full station wagon (the family truckster as we called it) to a reserved camping spot in some state or national forest.
We hit the usual suspects (Yosemite) and some of the not so usual suspects (Eagle Lake, Lake Siskyou). There was fishing, hiking, swimming, campfires, smores and dirt. What more could you ask for as a kid?
I recently saw some new “lanterns” from Kelty that looked pretty cool and got my camping juices flowing. Of course “back when I was a kid” we actually had gas lanterns and cooktops, not these fancy LED lanterns and fusion powered camp stoves.
Nevertheless, childhood nostalgia aside, now that I’m the Pater Familias I’m feeling that the Who’s Your Daddy clan needs to put my many hours of watching Man vs. Wild and The Wild Within to good use and hit the backcountry. Plus, what better excuse to do what us dads do best and buy some new gear?
Be sure to share your favorite camping spots or memories in the comments below.