One of the coolest things about living in Southern California is the gorgeous weather. Autumn lasts well into December and fall camping trips are a family favorite.
We live in such a huge metropolis… houses and lawns and cars and traffic, people and rushing and so much city life. It gets too much for us very quickly and we have learned that ‘getting away’ is more than a luxury… it’s a necessity to family happiness. About every 4 weeks or so, we start to implode. The kids begin to find even little challenges way too much to bare. My Good Man and I start nagging each other, become dissatisfied and find fault with everything we do.
Luckily, we are now wise to this problem. After a few days of general malaise, we look at each other with sudden understanding… ‘”We need to go camping!” we say in unison.
Out into the open spaces we go. Where we can feel the wind in our hair, the sunshine on our faces and drink in the intoxicating feeling of freedom. Camping truly is a tonic for our family. We reconnect, we unwind, we have adventures together. Our family heals and grows and becomes strong again…
We don’t go far and we often go back to places we’ve been to before… the tiny town of Julian is a favorite with it’s open spaces, huge Ponderosa Pines and Oak trees, gold mining expeditions and, of course, their world famous apple pie…
We leave dirty and happy and whole again. Thank goodness for camping.
Blessings and magic,