I partnered with REI recently for their #LETSCAMP & #HAZLOEPIC Summer Campaign. I was so excited to be a part of all the “coolness” that is REI and as a partner REI sent me an REI InCamp 4 Tent, a super light Backpack and a really neat Campfire Rocker.
It was going to be our granddaughter’s first camping adventure and in order to make it a memorable one for her we only had one place in mind….CONCAN,TX. It was the place the honey and I had taken our girls most summers growing up and it holds many special memories for us as a family. Madelyn has often heard us talk about camping and now that she was older the time was right. I am not sure who was most excited : ).
I was so thrilled to be a part of making her experience a fun one and may it only be the beginning to many more with her.
The hardest part was picking a weekend we would all be available since the girls are older now. It had been some time since we had all gone camping together and we were all most excited for Madelyn. I had hopes that she would enjoy it as much as my girls did.
Just like old times …. but with one more!! Friday couldn’t come soon enough. The honey and I went up a day early to set up the campsite. The girls arrived the following day and we headed straight for the river located just a few feet from our campsite at Mager’s River Camp.
Swimming and hiking are a perfect way to stay fit while having fun. The temperature soared and so did our appetites so after much swimming and exploring we decided to have Dad do what he does best….barbecue!!! Dinner was served and we headed back to the river once more (because we could) before settling in for the night : ). We had promised Madelyn a special treat once it got dark, she guessed it…S’mores : ).
We had one more task to complete before calling it a night…..spooky stories, with a PG rating for our little 4 yr old. Madelyn decided she would go first and we would all take turns holding her Hello Kitty lantern. The title of her story she told us was “The Midnight Creeper” LOL! We knew at that moment that Madelyn was officially a Camper Girl and I beamed with pride as she headed into the tent for the night. The next day as were slowly getting ready to leave Madelyn said “I wish I could live here forever”, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
I sat back and took it all in. I had shared my LOVE of camping with the girls and to know that they were happy and almost childlike again in that environment was a beautiful thing. The stars did shine brighter in the Texas Hill Country!
Camping Do’s & Don’ts
- Do call ahead to make reservations, especially if the place your going to is a popular one.
- Do ask questions and let them know how “seasoned” you are …. or not! Most places are helpful in finding the campsite that is right for you.
- Do your research ahead of time on what amenities and facilities the parks offer.
- Do check the weather for the time you will be camping so that you will not be stuck in a crazy weather storm (unless you like living on the edge).
- Do allow yourself to connect with the outdoors and always be courteous of your fellow campers.
- Don’t LITTER!
- Don’t go unprepared. Food,water,shelter and a great attitude.
REI PRODUCT REVIEWS
I was very impressed with the tent and how quickly it set up & the instructions are on the bag. Super light and very roomy.
The campfire rocker instantly became Madelyn’s and she claimed it the moment we took it out of the box. It was love at first sight and it even made it to the river.
My REI journey has been AMAZING!! I have met people that I know will be in my outdoor future for a lifetime. I will be announcing an exciting opportunity that has come my way very soon so stay tuned : )).
Fitfunand ….. the outdoors!