We don't get out much, and our camping trip is one of our big vacations for the year. Or really our only vacation, generally. We are still not brave enough to travel much until our youngest is a little more manageable. Last year camping didn't go very well, and we considered that maybe we should stop going. There was a cabin with too many stairs for a toddler, sickness, the 17 year cicadas (trust me, it was serious), so much rain we couldn't prepare the food we brought to grill, and just a lot of misery. Then we realized that we have gone enough times now that it is a "touchstone" event for our kids- the girls know that we will have a camping trip to Mahoney State Park every summer. They will both sleep in the top bunks. We will make roasted banana boats. We will fish until every child catches at least one fish. It is now a family tradition. I always take a lot of photos (oh, wow, big surprise), and sometimes I come home and write a blog post that includes over a hundred photos or some insane thing. This year, I am going to try to break it up into a few parts. And I am definitely going to print a book of the photos for us and for Grandma Kathy. The first photos, all taken on the first day there. It was really mostly about the smores.