Every summer for the past 12 years, our family gets together for an annual beach camping trip. Everyone comes - grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. And every year its the same. My dad and my uncles hit up the reservation line the minute it opens (9 months in advance) to secure our spot. The guys bring their boats and spend their days fishing for salmon, while the girls hike the nature trails and soak up sun at the beach. In the evening we all gather together at camp for a big family dinner, the kids ride their bikes around and play in the sand while we clean up, and then we cap it off with s'mores and beer around a campfire. We follow this same routine, year after year, yet somehow I come to love it more each year.
Its funny how your perspective changes as you get older. I didn't think much of our family camping trip in my early twenties, and even skipped out on in a few times because I was bored of the same old thing. Now days, I wouldn't miss it for the world. Part of it, I think, has to do with becoming a parent. One of the most fulfilling and joyful things to witness is my little one developing unique relationships with each member of the family. There is no other time in the year that we all get together for quality time like this, and it really brings out all the feels in me. Its time uninterrupted by phones and televisions and iPads. Its time spent worrying about nothing more than how to get the sand out of your ears. Its time that us girls get to talk, for hours, about anything and everything. Its time for the guys to wake up and fish every single day to their hearts delight. Its time that the kids get dirty and stay dirty and its ok. So even though its the same thing every time, its become one of the most treasured times of the year in my book. Bonus - we go home with SO MUCH FRESH CAUGHT SALMON!
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.