Once upon a time in a land not so far away, I was someone that folks considered "outdoorsy". I know, right?! It's true. I had these awesome biceps and quads that I actually showed off...on purpose, and I taught inner city kids how to canoe, swim, and sail.
I grew up camping with my family, and when I was old enough to be get a job, I spent endless summers as a lifeguard and a camp counselor. Please believe me when I say that there is no better way to spend your youthful summers "working" than on the shores of glittering lakes, or hiking through infinitely green foothills and mountains, or singing silly campfire songs with some of the best friends that you'll ever have. I wept over the end of every season. I desperately hope to instill the same sort of relationship with nature in my son.
So, while I'm going all John Denver on your ass over here right now, I actually have a goofy Top Ten List up over at Dads Round Table that is all about why you should pack up your crap, and take your family camping this summer. Just do it, people. If you need additional convincing, please go check out my post:
Even if you have a terrible time, (camping, not reading my post,) the stories are usually epic. What doesn't kill you and all...right? Right.
So, even if you agree with Dave Berry that, "Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business," do it anyway. Memories like these...they're the really good ones. Like hot melty "Smore's"-good...