Every kid remembers their very first real camping trip. I’m not talking about a tent in the backyard but a real camping trip up in the Colorado high country. I highly suggest it if you are looking for fun things to do with your kids.
Last week my 5 year old son and I took a two night camping trip up to Mount Antero outside Buena Vista, Colorado with our great friends and neighbors Steve & Connor Smith.
This was a full on guys camping trip which included the following: adventure hikes, campfires, fishing, NEW pocket knifes for the boys, (all fingers made it home fine) marsh mellows, steak cooked over an open fire, panning for gold in the river, BB gun shooting, a true Colorado weather event with hail, sleet and rain all at once, hiking on a glacier, and yes the coveted brand new wrist rockets (That video is funny) otherwise known as sling shots. Steve & I actually dominated the playing time with the sling shots as we were hurling stones into the lake about 100 yards away. I highly recommend wrist rockets for your next camping trip!
No matter where you decide to go Steve & I both decided that we were going to make every effort on our part to make sure the boys had a great time, were safe and stayed warm.
It can be a daunting task for some kids to jump out of the high tech world we live in and into nature where there are no electronics to entertain them at their whim. Both boys were excellent and not one single complaint was filed about not having a TV or other comforts of home. I was very happy.
The road up to this campsite was about 1.5 hours of serious 4 wheel drive action. Some of it probably not doable in a smaller SUV with low ground clearance. However or wherever you decide to go isn’t the issue. The main thing is that you get out and enjoy your kids and the Colorado back country.
Other links to fun things to do in and around Parker Colorado.
I still remember my first big camping trip with my Dad and I’m sure these kids will too. It’s amazing how in such a short period of time and at a young age a lifetime of memories can be made. We have been home for over a week now and my son has asked to go camping just about everyday so I’m sure another trip is just around the corner.
“There will always be work excuses and reasons to put off a great trip like this. Life is way too short and we have entirely too little time with our kids as young people to not do something like this. Work can wait so go have fun!”