We were married almost 10 years before our twin boys arrived in this world. Over the course of that time, we traveled a ton…driving out to California and back, cruising up and down the East Coast, checking out Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and enjoying summers in Cape Hatteras.
Road trips were our thing.
Camping not so much.
Then we had children and realized the horror–and expense–of hotels and restaurants and airline travel.
So we bought a pop-up camper. We had no idea what we were doing, and it could have been a disaster. But it wasn’t.
That first season, we spent 18 nights in our camper. Lots of weekend trips–Cape May, Lancaster, Lakota Wolf Preserve–and a big trip to Cape Hatteras. There was definitely a learning curve (5 am wake up calls, and running out of propane in the middle of a 30 degree night at Camp Taylor). We had a blast, though, and we were hooked.
The next year we got bold. Our 27 nights in the camper included lots of weekend trips in New Jersey and Pennsylvania but also a great, big tour of Vermont and Maine. Setting up and breaking down the pop-up camper a bazillion times with toddlers under foot led to the great travel trailer upgrade of 2012.
At this point we spend over a month every year in our camper, and travel has become part of the rhythm of our family life. Our boys spend the winters wondering if it will ever be warm again so we can get back on the road. They talk longingly of bounce pillows and camp stores with ice cream. They can spend a good eight hours in the truck without batting an eye.
Last year we welcomed our third little camper into the family, and we all think he is the cat’s pajamas. Although he still protests against the long car drives, the Wes-man loves a good hike and sleeps just fine in the trailer. He spent more nights camping in his first six months than either of his parents did in the first few decades of their life.
We love camping. We love traveling. But mostly we love our kids and the opportunity we have to see the world through their eyes. Everything is a bit more challenging with children. It is also way more magical.
Even if you don’t have an RV and are pretty determined never to spend a night in the great outdoors, we hope we can inspire you to pursue some adventures of your own. We have learned that breaking out of our routine, seeing new places, and meeting new people transforms our experience as parents and makes life a whole heck of a lot more fun.
Our boys rarely stop moving, and we are still learning to keep up with them. Welcome to our journey.