Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How to Go Camping in Upstate New York

If ever you decide to go camping in New York state, then I'm sure you'll appreciate some advice. So, here it is: how to go camping in upstate New York, Madsen-style.

1. Attain a large bag with which to fill the most important items: one cute, very excited little three-year-old and all 3 of your memory foam pillows (this is a must for one very pregnant woman--yes, those pillows were all for me).

2. Put your hubby, who can do anything, in charge of most things--such as packing, putting up the tent, cooking most meals. Really, I insist everyone go camping with Josh. It is just so much fun and so little work.

3. Snuggle, snuggle, snuggle in your two-man tent filled with three-and-a-half people (really, you have no choice but to snuggle in your two-man tent filled with three-and-a-half people).

4. Bring lots and lots of bug spray--mosquitoes are rampant in these parts.
5. Take a moonlit dip nightly to get rid of nasty bug spray.

6. Pose on any and all rocks for a picture. But it is important that you be this cute:

7. Pray that your little guy does not trip and fall over the innumerable rocks, stumps and holes that dot the campsite. Or start a forest fire. Camping with this little guy keeps you on your toes.
8. Enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Upstate NY is so very pretty.

9. Bring lots and lots of junk food (this is really camping Spear-style, but a tradition I insisted we keep. Will, who had never had licorice before, referred to them as, "My red camping sticks").
10. Bring a beach chair so that the pregnant woman can have a place to sit in the two-seated canoe (did I mention we canoe-camped? We fit everything we needed, including us, inside that one canoe. That was some trip to our campsite).

11. While sitting in that beach chair in said canoe, sit back, relax and let your hubby do all the work. (This was his view). And if you're a boy named Will, demand your dada to "Go get that duck!" or "Go see that rock!" and then proceed to let your dada do all that work while going to said duck or said rock.

12. Have a great time being in nature, bonding as a little family, eating s'mores around the campfire and enjoying your first real family camping trip.


Vickie Blanchard said...

Wow---you guys are brave! I can't imagine going camping pregnant and with a three year old! Sounds like Josh is a rock star though!

Tiffani said...

Love this post Jess:)You are so entertaining...I was laughing the whole time. Your little Will is such a character. We absolutely love camping and haven't even been this year yet! After reading this post...I want to go now:)

Ryan and Angela said...

That looks like so much fun. How cute you guys are (and what a beautiful campsite). Do you really own a canoe? Or did you borrow it. I have to know!

Jeff and Erika Mitchell said...

Wow. I can't believe you went camping while pregnant and enjoyed it...in a canoe none the less! There truly is no other way to camp than with lots of provisions (aka the treats!) That tradition has carried on with us as well.