Fall is my favorite time of year. The temperatures cool down and the trees show off their spectacular colors. For us, fall also means the traditional family camping trips. I did not go camping as a kid — this is something my husband and I wanted to do in order to start our own family tradition. We load up the camper and find a nice spot by a lake (it’s way too cold to go into the water, but the scenery is very nice!) and start up the campfire.
We love to sit around and share “fun” food like roasted marshmallows and laugh together. I use my WIC foods to make delicious soups in the crockpot that fill the camper with tantalizing aromas. The warm soup tastes and feels so good in the brisk fall air. We trade the sturdy wooden dinner table at home for a rough concrete picnic table that somehow, magically, makes the food taste better than ever.
We take long walks together under the brilliant fall leaves and talk about whatever comes to mind – forming bonds that will last a lifetime. We also bring along our bicycles and ride adventurous backwoods trails or simple campground roads. We stay low-key all weekend having no agenda but being together and being fully present with each other. For us, camping is a nice way to come back together as a family after the hustle and bustle of everyday life and make memories we will all treasure forever.
What traditions have you/will you start with your family to build memories that will last a lifetime?