Autumn Camping - The Magic Onions

Autumn Camping

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,


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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Oh I love camping too!!! Doesn’t it make everything so much better?! I love seeing a camper driving by me on the street and I get the feeling of camping and thinking about where we will go next.

  2. We love camping too! We usually go in the Autumn but it doesn’t look like that will happen this year. We are in Colorado where the floods were and most camping spots are closed because of flood damage. We can’t even get up to Estes Park, our favorite place to camp because the road was washed away. We may just have to wait until next year to camp. But it is so relaxing and grounding :)

    • Such a shame, Heather… we all think of places when they are going through a natural disaster but when we aren’t there, it’s hard to imagine the aftermath… hope they can clean it up soon for you.
      Love Donni

  3. Spencer North will be so jealous of the fish. Well done T. He could be one of my children in the fishing rod pic.

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