July 28, 2014
After spending a few weekends close to home, we were all going a little stir crazy and were anxious to leave behind the city for a couple days in a tent. We spontaneously booked a site in Tobermory, one of Canada's National Parks, since it was the last one available, but then cancelled the next day when we saw the weather forecast. Then we rebooked when the chance of rain dipped below 60%, because who doesn't love an impromptu trip to the woods in a severe thunderstorm with a baby and a super energetic four year old?
Thankfully the rain held out for the most part and we got to enjoy the little town of Tobermory, including the harbour and two national parks. Kale is definitely in his element while camping. He loves to help out with just about everything - from setting up the tent to splitting wood - and is eager to explore. Bea was her usual relaxed self and was happy to perch herself on my hip and take it all in.
We managed to get the kids in the tent for bed just as the rain started. It poured pretty hard all night, along with thunder and lightening, but the kids slept through it all and we stayed dry thanks to the tarp city that Kris constructed.
Sunday morning was cool and foggy, which is kind of the perfect weather to start the day when you're camping. Of course Kale was bouncing off the tent walls at 5am and there was no containing him at 6am when Bea woke up, so we packed them in the car as a courtesy to our neighbours and headed out on a search for coffee. We took a walk through the harbour and Kale LOVED all the boats, but it was Kris who almost lost his mind over the RCMP Coast Guard boat.
We were hoping to get in a hike, but had to leave our site and didn't realize how quickly day permits sold out. We took our time on the way home and stopped in Sauble Beach to stretch our legs and grab a bite to eat.
Even though it was a bit of a whirlwind and was only one night, Kris and I both agreed that it felt longer (in a good way) and was exactly what our family needed. Even though we do a lot together as a family, there is something about camping that makes that time more meaningful. It's likely because there aren't any distractions or errands to run or toys to mess around with. There's mostly just each other.