Last year we braved camping with the girls for the 1st time since being parents. We had a lot of fun but were only brave enough to try one night. It went well so this year we decided to go for 2 nights. I am so glad that we did. We had so much fun!
We went with some of the same families as last year (minus 2 and the addition of 1). We camped at the same park and on the same site, Devil's Den. It wasn't as cold this year but still got into the upper 30's the 2nd night. We did get a new tent this year that we can fully stand up in and that fits 2 queen air mattresses. Ella slept with me each night and Reese slept with Neal. We managed to keep pretty warm in a tent with no heater.
I will say being there from the time we woke up until the time we went to sleep one whole day really made a difference. We went on multiple hikes, decorated walking sticks, painted rocks, threw rocks into a creek, colored, cooked a bunch of yummy food in a campfire, roasted marshmallows and went on a real nature hike with a park ranger (this was the absolute highlight for the kiddos). On the nature hike the kids got to learn all kinds of things about animal habitats, found a salamander, centipede, acorn, snail and saw multiple squirrels and birds. The trees are a bit past the gorgeous point but many were still really pretty.
We had a great time and look forward to doing it again next year!!