Bizz & BooBoo

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Rocky Campground is, ummmm.. rocky. August 22, 2011

Hubby and I had the wonderful opportunity to get a weekend away for our 6th wedding anniversary (Thanks Auntie Amy, Grandma & Grandpa, YaYa & Grampy!!)

We decided to go camping for our trip! While it may not have been the most luxurious anniversary trip we saved lots of money and had a WONDERFUL time fishing, hiking, enjoying nature and spending time with each other!

Whenever we get ready to go camping if we have never been to the campsite before I always find myself searching online for details about it. I like to have an idea what to expect before arriving! What I have found is that the typical small campground does not have a lot of info available online about it. So I am going to do a recap of the campgrounds we visit on my blog so hopefully if you come across it in your searches it will help you determine if it is the site for you!

We headed towards Hat Creek, located in Lassen National Forest in Northern California! We had about 5 or 6 possible campsites and went until we found one that was a good match for us!

We ended up at the Rocky Campground!

It is a tiny little campground right off the road with about 8 or 10 spots. The cost was $10 per night (can’t beat that). There were a few beautiful spots that were a little larger when you first drove in, but of course they were taken since we were arriving on a Friday night. We found the last spot on the right. Tiny campsite – but perfect for us. Access to the creek was right down the hill from our site and it had everything we needed!

 

Pros of staying at Rocky Campground:

  • Small campground
  • Inexpensive nightly cost
  • Beautiful creek with moderately easy access
  • Great fishing
  • Doesn’t get too cold at night (we stayed in early August)
  • Bugs are not bad at all
  • Great creek/water sounds at campsite
  • Easy to hike for miles up and down stream along Hat Creek along both sides (there is a bridge to cross at this campground)

Cons of staying at Rocky Campground

  • Many sites are very small
  • Would not be good with young kids
  • Right off highway so there is some vehicle noise
  • No running water
  • Gets hot during the day in areas not shaded

Overall I would recommend this campground for tent camping for adults or families with older children! Make sure you pack in lots of water (no water available at campground). Old Station is only a couple of miles away if you need more ice or bait!

And some more about our stay –

FYI – it is definitely Rocky as the name implies….

We had a little trouble staking our tent in our spot due the rockiness!

The campfire pit was perfect and we enjoyed beautiful campfires each night. Lots of branches and wood available around (not sure how long ago but a fire obviously went through the area years ago and there is still a lot of fallen trees, charred wood, etc.)

Had a few perfect smores!

And enjoyed relaxing and the natural beauty around us a LOT!!

  

And the fishing was pretty good as well!

What is your favorite campground and why?? We will definitely return here in the future!

~Jesse

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Camping with kids… August 1, 2011

Filed under: Camping,Parenting,Things to do/Places to Go — bizzandbooboo @ 1:01 pm
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The difference between camping before kids and after kids is….. well I am not sure the two can be compared…

My husband and I love to camp – I wouldn’t call us avid campers, but I hope to be an avid camper someday!

I still pack way too much and worry I won’t have something essential that I need (especially when going with the kids).

Before kids:

  • We would set out with a general idea of where we wanted to camp and find the place that was perfect
  • We would enjoy the sounds of rushing water in nearby creeks or rivers
  • I would stay warm by the fire
  • We’d splurge on smores and beer after dinner and sleep cozily in our large tent!

After Kids:

  • We go to places that we have been and are familiar with to know how kid safe it is
  • We enjoy the sounds of BooBoo not crying and Bizz not yelling about something
  • I worry about the kids staying warm throughout the night and constantly wake up and check their blankets
  • We make sure the kids stay away from the fire so no one trips into it – therefore usually I am sitting far enough back that I can’t feel the warmth of it
  • and I splurge on leftover cheerios that didn’t fall on the ground and maybe a drink of warm leftover apple juice 😉

Truthfully – I LOVE camping with my children, I love the experience I am giving them at such an early age and that we are lucky enough to be able to do these things as a family!

And it amazes me how many people are always surprised and almost congratalatory to us for camping with our children. Every single time we have gone camping as a family I have been approached by an older person who has asked something along the lines of How can I convince my son/daughter to take their young children camping? It is such a great expereience – look you are doing it! I never really know how to respond except to say it is a lot of work, but for me it is worth it and the fun overrides the work!

There are some things you have to be prepared for though:

I don’t mind my kids getting dirty – Dirt don’t hurt! And they WILL get dirty  filthy when camping! Just bring lots of washclothes or baby wipes – and don’t worry about cleaning their feet – just put socks on at bedtime 🙂

Bedtime, as you know it, isn’t going to happen. Just let them stay up on your laps next to the fire for as long as they want! It is quality time like nothing else! If they fall asleep in your arms even better! Bring some comfort items from home (fave book, blanky, sleepybear) to help if needed, and be sure to have a nightlight of some sort if they need it in the tent!

I LOVE the joy on Bizz’s face as he gets to explore and find new bugs or branches, and especially this year as he gets to be Daddy’s helper in collecting firewood and setting up camp!

And – You will have to have smores after dinner, and possibly after breakfast and lunch as well if you keep the fire going – and I am all for that 🙂

What is your best or worst camping story, tip or experience?

~Jesse