One of my favourite summer activities is camping.
It was something that I grew up in the later parts of my child hood, and I still enjoy it today. When I was little, my family and my aunts family would pile up into two minivans, pack some tents, food, camping essentials, and we’d be off to a campsite. Mind you, we stayed at those camping sites with service centres – so it was no hard core camping by any means. But we had a fireplace and could roast marshmellows and gather dried foliage which was enough for me, my sisters and my cousins.
My mom always spoiled us by making camping versions of our favourite meals 🙂
Now, as I’ve gotten older, camping trips have evolved to something that I do with friends instead of family. Last year, BF and I went with a group of his friends on two camping trips. These camping trips were much more hard core than anything I had done before.
No shower. Four days. Enough said.
We also did some portaging – which means to carry our canoes overhead when we need to traverse in very narrow/shallow/crazy rapids until we reach a spot where we can use our canoes, again. We also needed to bring purifiers for water.
One of the things that I enjoy most about camping is the feeling of leaving the city behind and embracing nature. I like listening to the different sounds and seeing the different sights that I don’t get to experience in the city. There is just something so serene and beautiful to look out at a lake or river and to just see it meander into the horizon. It’s a little reminder of how delicate the balance of nature is. Which, I admit, I do forget at times, when I am living in the urban jungle.
In the city, I throw my garbage into the disposal. Out of sight, out of mind. When we are camping in the woods, we need to be much more mindful of what we bring, and what we get rid of. Everything that we bring, must either be eaten, used, burned or kept.
When I didn’t have a garbage container to put my stuff, it was a lot easier to see how wasteful and garbage producing our society is. Even more the reason to be a conscious consumer and to pay closer attention to products with minimal packaging.
What are your favourite summer activities? Any thoughts on camping?