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Family Camping with Kids

August 26, 2016

Family camping with kids can be tough, but my wife and I are willing to give it a shot. We love taking adventures with our kids, and letting them experience new things.

In my previous post, we got everything we needed. Now, we head to Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, LA. We choose our site, which happens to be a TERRIBLE site (we were on a slope), and we pitch the family camping tent. While we were setting up the tent, it starts raining on us.

camping tent

Our family inside the camping tent.

Family Camping Day 1

Since it starts raining, we jump in the tent. We get it set up in the nick of time. We organize everything in the tent and we blow up the air mattresses. After the rain stops, we light a fire.

So far, other than the rain, this family camping experience is going pretty good. My wife cooks up some food for us once the fire was going and we eat together at the campsite. The sun set, and now it is time to get the kids to bed.

Family Camping Day 2

The next day we wake up in the camping tent, and we had a rough night. Every one was sliding off of the air mattresses because our family tent is on a slope (as I stated earlier). Also it is COLD (well cold for a Louisiana family who were on their first family camping experience).

Nighttime in the Family Camping Tent

Jacques in the Family Camping Tent at Night before Bed.

Finally, the sun came out, we make some tea and got the fire going. So that helps to warm us up. My wife makes some delicious pancakes over the fire in her new cast iron grill. This is perfect for cooking just about anything over a fire. Because we have such a great grill, we have a delicious breakfast together as a family.

After breakfast, we drive to the Louisiana State Arboretum and a park ranger teaches us about snakes. The kids get really excited when they get to pet a snake. After learning about snakes, the ranger takes us on a very short, kid friendly hike in the arboretum. Amelia is excited to see all of the caterpillars that are crawling around.

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