After months of changing plans, the boy and I were finally able to lock down a date and location and headed out on our first camping trip. Last week, we headed up to Worthington State Forest for an overnight trip and it was a resounding success.
This week, it’s finally feeling like winter is coming to an end. Longer days, warmer weather, it all adds up to more desire to get out and about.
We’ve started to plan what should be a pretty fun summer excursion. We’ll be heading down to West Virginia to visit family and go whitewater rafting, hiking, camping, and maybe even ziplining and rappelling.
Back before we had kids, we spent a fun filled weekend with family rafting both the New River and the Gauley River. With small children, the difficult Gauley River is out this time, but the New River will be the perfect introduction to our son, who will be 7 at trip time. Our daughter, who will be 4, has flip flopped about whether she wants to go rafting or not.
One of the things I mentioned in this post was the ultimate goal of through hiking the John Muir Trail in a couple of years. Step one is going to be some actual camping with my son. Luckily, it sounds like I have the perfect introduction planned while on the trip in West Virginia. Our family has a pretty big property and we’ll be able to camp down by the water, completely out of sight of the home. It should make for a good first night in the woods, easy to abort if he has any issues. We’ll combine the rest of the activities with some long hikes with our packs and see how we make out.
Operation Gather Gear is in full effect in our household. Watching for deals, scouting reviews, deciding between two similar items that I’ve never used. It’s somewhat exhausting. Thankfully, I have a local REI that can help me out. Continue reading “Operation Gather Gear”