In our house I'm the one known to have crazy, spur of the moment ideas, and Drew usually goes along with them. Usually. It was no different when a couple weeks before our kids spring break, while we had snow on the ground and i was craaaaving warm weather I sprung 'hey we should go camping for spring break. somewhere warm' on Drew. Never mind the fact that we have never camped for more than 24 hours, nor the fact that I don't even Like camping that much...Within an hour he was looking up tents online...
We didn't even decide for Sure that we were going till Tuesday night, with he plan to leave Sunday. Thats how last minute we are. Oh and our brand new tent arrived Friday night..like I said. Last minute. Oh and we were going somewhere we had never been, nor did we know much of anything about. Totally went in blind. But you know what? It worked out amazingly well.
We drove through Utah, Las Vegas and parts of Arizona and made it to a little camp ground in Needles, CA. It hit all of my must haves. Warm weather, cooler nights because sleeping when I'm hot? Forget about it.. close ish to a lake and a pool! The only negative was the pool was pretty darn cold, but everything else worked out great!
We left during the middle of a blizzard so the first few hours driving through the mountains probably made me grow some white hairs, but after that it was smooth sailing (till on the way home when Vail Pass was closed and we had to find a hotel at 1 AM with like NOTHING open, but that all went okay too) So really it was a very successful camping trip! I'll share my camping must haves and all that later since obviously I'm now an expert after camping 4 days/nights with 3 kids in the middle of the desert.
Some photos of our trip!
We had the absolute best weather the whole trip, mid to high 70's, maybe 81-82 the day we went to Lake Havasu, and nights were about 60, so perfect sleeping weather. One day it was over cast most of the day, the day we went to Oatman to see wild donkeys, so that was perfect weather for that. The donkeys come in from the hills to get fed by the tourists, and they are basically tame at this point, but one did bite soren in the arm when he pulled the food away. For the next two weeks we got a kick out of seeing peoples reactions when he went around telling everyone "GUYS guess what, the donkey ATE my arm" Priceless. Favorite activities were definitely the beach at Lake Havasu (even though the water was pretty cold) and playing in the Colorado River near the camp site. It was just Really really great to get OUTSIDE after a long ish winter. And our kids did so great with the long car ride and also sleeping in the tent. Couldn't have gone better! I'll share more next post about what we brought/what foods we cooked at the camp site etc. because thats the kind of stuff that interests me! Also next up....ICELAND POSTS!