The end of July already? One thing our family always looks forward to is summer camping. I mean, it’s car camping. But to the little guy, it is a blast. He looks forward to the road trip that usually involves some type of fast food, the tent set up, the fire and peeing in the woods. Honestly, the first thing he wants to do when we get to the campsite is pee in the woods. Every. Time.
One of our favorite spots to visit is Mount Rainier (https://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm). In fact, it’s the first place we ever took the little guy camping. There are many different types of camp sites available and very diverse activity options.
This trip, we stayed at the very basic American Forks Campground in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest just east of the park and 40 miles west of Naches, WA. Without running water and only a vault toilet, this is a pretty primitive site.
The good news? Only 12 sites, everyone seemed to be tenting, plenty of space and lots of access to the wonderful things around the area, including swimming at Bumping Lake and trout fishing on the American River. Little caught a small cutthroat on his second cast.
Wherever we are camping, we like to make a wonderful feast and plan accordingly with friends. This trip, we all brought ingredients to create a spaghetti feast, complete with meatballs (little’s favorite), salad and garlic bread roasted over the fire. I’ll admit it, sometimes I do go overboard with the camp cooking but sometimes simple like this is just perfect and satisfying. We always try to be sure to cook some components in the fire – heating tortillas, potatoes, even dutch oven lasagnas.
Our wonderful camping buddies brought Munchkin, which the munchkin enjoyed playing. Don’t forget the lanterns so you can play cards or games at night, before turning them off to admire the stars. Where are your favorite spots to camp with kids within a couple hours of the city?