We finally made it camping! We took off early Friday afternoon and headed almost six hours north into the Sequoia National Park. We spent the weekend looking at some of the largest trees in the world, walking through the woods, building fires, cooking, and wading into a small river. It was awesome. And it had been way too long.
I think Donovan and I both left our phones off all weekend (there was no service anyway) and we didn't even look at the clock. We ate when we were hungry, woke up with the sun, and went to bed when we felt tired. Same for the kids. They were covered in dirt most of the weekend and it was okay. No one died eating with dirty hands! The world didn't stop when we ate Oreos with breakfast! No one was cranky even though there was no bed time!
I finished my book (11/22/63 by Steven King - so long but so good - and I'm not one to pick up a book about time travel in most circumstances).
We left our three person tent at home and brought our new BEHEMOTH eight person home away from home. Best call ever - it is tall enough to stand in, big enough to an area for our clothes and a separate area for our sleeping stuff, and could fit two air mattresses if we needed. If it rained, it wouldn't be the end of the world to hang out inside it playing cards or coloring - it's that big. Granted, it doesn't rain in Southern California but still, LOVE that tent.
Side note, hot dogs prior to a very curvy mountain highway = BAD IDEA.