Have you ever wanted to go camping but underlying circumstances were preventing you and your family from going? Well, you are not alone. Kellie and I often find ourselves in this exact situation. At times we really want to take the RV out and sometimes it’s just not possible. If you are like us, we haven’t made the transition to full-time camping just yet. Heck, we haven’t made the transition to part-time RVing. That’s not to say that the wheels aren’t in motion to do just that.
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However, there are still things that need our attention here at the ole’ house. We are still trying to complete a total rebuild on this house so the chore list can be quite extensive at times. As with any homeowner, I’m sure your weekend chore list gets pretty lengthy too.
We recently got a message from our camping buddies from Big Spring, TX., the family we met at Barefoot RV Park. You can read about that trip here. They were itching to hit the road and wanted to meet up somewhere in the middle. We all hit the internet trying to find a park that had at least two reservations available for the upcoming weekends. Boy were we surprised to find that there wasn’t a reservation open for months. My thinking was that since everything is starting to open back up that families were ready to get out of the house.
Needless to say, we had to postpone the trip until early next year. Kellie and I had started thinking about all of the things we have been needing to get done here at the house and the list quickly became overwhelming.
Last Saturday afternoon, after a good nap, she asked me, “Why not have a fire in the backyard?” The idea hit me like a truck and I popped out of bed and said, “Backyard Camping!!”, which gave me the idea for this post. Ya know, we all have things right in our very own backyard that we can take advantage of to still have the feeling of camping.
Build A Campfire
Make a small “campfire” in your backyard, in a fire pit of course. We have a barrel that we call our firepit. Get the kiddos out there to sit around the fire with skewered hot dogs or roast marshmallows. That’s what backyard camping is all about.
Play A Fun Yard Game
Ladder golf is a great game for the whole family to play. Kellie and I personally enjoy pitching washers. We don’t use the pre-bought boards with holes in them, we bury two pieces of PVC pipe in the ground and play “old school”.
Set Up A Tent
Kids love sleeping in tents. You can help them set up a tent and after dark tell spooky stories with a flashlight. And for some good “dad” fun, go back outside later in the night and scare the bejeesus out of them. That’s a sure way to get some extra points with your wife. Just kidding, unless she helps with the scaring too.
I guess what I’m trying to say is you have alot right in your very own backyard that you can use to make lasting memories with your family and still relax as if you were in the woods. It doesn’t really matter where you do it, as long as you do it.
Do you have any more ideas for a cool backyard camping experience? Leave us a comment below and tell us about it.
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