So, we just got back from a weekend of camping. It was a lot of fun. Sebastian was great on the hike we did to the upper falls of Johnson Canyon. He was in the baby backpack the whole way there (yes, I lugged the heavyweight all 3km) while my husband kept the dog in check.
I love camping. I have only ever done the whole tenting thing, and usually more the backcountry, carry everything with you type of thing. Since having a child however, backpacking has taken a back seat to car camping. It's nice though, having the convenience of a car and the ability to stop by a store for more supplies. I'm a little more aware of my surroundings however and the possibility of wildlife approaching. Now that I have a little one to watch out for, I want to make sure I've done everything I can to protect him from any chance encounters. Thus, the dog slept in the back of the Golf. And we were careful to put away any food products so that we wouldn't have any bear encounters. Of course I love the fun fuzzy creatures, but prefer to see them from the comfort of my car, at a safe distance, or in the zoo, so that I am not in danger and I am not putting the bear in any kind of danger. We did see one bear, driving along the Bow Valley Parkway, so it was a reminder that they are there, and to be careful to keep things away.
I hope Sebastian will love camping because I plan to take him backpacking when he gets older. I want him to appreciate the amazing scenery that is his backyard (the Rocky Mountains). People travel from around the world to see them, but we are fortunate enough to have them right here to enjoy whenever we want.
Oh well, must go watch the Mole now. It's the last show I think...