Like many of you, some of my fondest memories growing up took place outdoors. I can still vividly remember family reunions in Lutsen, Minnesota, on the north shore of Lake Superior. We would hike, bike, swim, climb, eat delicious northwoods food (especially walleye) and generally have an awesome time. The scenery was gorgeous, everyone was in a great mood and we made memories no one there, young or old, will ever forget.
I’m sure you have similar camping stories. Outdoor recollections that are shared among family members over and over again. That’s really what family vacations and camping is all about, isn’t it? Of course we want to get out in nature and enjoy a bunch of activities, but bonding as a family over shared experiences is really what we do this for. In the end, the weather is forgotten, the bug bites and sunburns heal and the wrong turn you took getting there wasn’t so bad. What endures is the time you took away from work and school and distractions and spent together.
It’s difficult in this age of connectivity to get away, but it’s truly what we all need. As a society we spend more time working than ever before, and general stress levels and mental disorders are at an all-time high. Flip on any news channel and you’ll immediately find some sort of tragedy. Scroll through social media sites and you’ll always see a political argument or some sort of obnoxious comment. Technology is our best friend and our worst enemy, giving us resources we’ve never had while simultaneously suckering us into an addiction we can’t control (can you imagine not having a cell phone?).
I’d be willing to bet it’s not easy to force “family time” at home. Kids are less than ecstatic about putting down the controller and spending time with mom and dad. This is why vacations and camping are so important. It doesn’t have to be a two-week long cross-country road trip. Try getting away for a weekend. Go on a nature scavenger hunt with your kids. Make a huge campfire with them. Cook together, take pictures, play board games. Those are the things you and your family will forever cherish, not the new iPhone.
Please let us know in the comments some of your favorite camping and/or vacation memories. Hopefully reading this brought back a few for you as it did for me. As always, we’re more than happy to help plan your trip and help you make your own memories here at Midwest Outdoor Resorts. Happy exploring!