Just What I Needed

campingSo... what did I miss? I unplugged for a few days, went camping with the kids. It was just what I needed.

The Ford Fiesta I planned to drive to The Pinery was suddenly unavailable, but the good folks at Ford let me keep the Taurus SHO an extra week. It's a big car, which was perfect for a load of camping gear and campers. I'm not sure the little Fiesta would have been able to hold us all.

We're "park once" campers. That means we park once at our site, and we don't drive the car again until it's time to go home. Anything we want to do during our visit must be reachable by foot. I've camped with this rule all my life and it's part of the fun.

A typical day includes:

  • the kids waking up way too early because some bird made a racket at 6am
  • me ordering them out of the tent to figure out life while I try to sleep until 9am
  • a trip to the facilities for toiletry duties - I'm happy if the teeth get brushed
  • a leisurely breakfast - Rice Krispies will do, I get 3 days of cold milk out of one cooler load
  • a little catch - football or baseball, we alternate
  • a hike on one of the many trails - often the walk to the trail is far longer than the trail itself
  • sand dunes, anyone? the best hikes at The Pinery are the unofficial trails over the sand dunes
  • lunch time - ham sandwiches, grapes and Doritos did the trick yesterday
  • more catch - long ball catch with your kid is the absolutely best thing in the world
  • beach time - The Pinery has the best beaches
  • more sand dunes because the kids can't get enough of them
  • hike time!
  • spark up the bbq, it's time for hot dogs, even though daddy forgot the ketchup
  • cards, reading, colouring
  • campfire time - marshmallow roasts rule
  • a little crank radio fun in the tent and....
  • zzzzzzzzzzz

I could get used to that. Here are a couple of videos of the kids at the aforementioned sand dunes. You can see the beach in the background.

And here are a few pics culled from the photoset.

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It really was just what I needed.

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Did you lose your daughter there at the end of the second video?

Funny stuff. Love it.

July 21, 2010 @ 8:30 PM


I take my two boys to the Pinery as well. Always fun and now I can't wait until August.

But 9am, Mike? C'mon!

July 22, 2010 @ 11:57 AM


Oh!there really that cute.Its so visible that they love to cuddle with each other and bonding with each other.Such a great idea you brought the two kids for camping.A different environment will get them much along together.

July 22, 2010 @ 9:59 PM

Mike from Lowville

I used to take my two boys to The Pinery. "Best place ever" as stated by both of them. Man, watching your vids brought a tear. Wish I could rollback time about 20 years...... Lambton Shores, wish I was there......

July 23, 2010 @ 4:04 PM

Il Duce

Good piece Mike. The Pinery is one of the better camping gounds in Southern Ontario. With all do respect to Algonquin and Sandbanks.... yes I've been to both. Brings back a lot of memories of my University days when we used to go at least 5 weekends per summer.

July 23, 2010 @ 7:06 PM


Camping sounds silly to the non initiated, but is THE path to happiness once you know how to do it! Makes me smile just to think of it. :-)

July 6, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

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