Camping for the First Time

The boys have never been camping. I haven't been *camping* in years. So last week, I decided I wanted to go camping, and I went.

I found a fun little place in Tilllamook, OR through the AirBnB App. The place was called Twins Ranch Covered Wagons, and it was just north of Tillamook proper. We spent some time in Rockaway Beach, about 30 min up the coast.

The boys learned about how you can cook non-smores on the campfire. And discovered how to eat watermelon with a spork. This is the style of spork we used for our trip.

We also taught them how to make S'mores that blow traditional ones out of the water. We made our smores using everything from Fudge Striped Keebler Cookies to Reese Peanut Butter Cups and York Peppermint Patties.

We also stopped for ice cream in a shop in Rockaway Beach. It was SO good that we got more the next day. It was a super cute place called Sea Breeze Gifts.

The campground was quiet, except road noise and coyotes. There were only a handful of people staying there, so it was easy to keep our social distancing requirements. There was a bathroom, with 2 rooms (think the traditional hole in the ground, building above campground bathrooms) and a solar shower.

The boys and their dad found some wild blackberries and poison twin berries. Glad I have some knowledge in foraging. We got a couple of handfuls of blackberries to eat with our grilled corn and bratwurst sausage dogs.

Overall, it was a great trip. The kids were asking me when I could make "Burned corn and snores" again. I think it's a great memory-making trip. We also took the time to talk about the history of the fishing communities along the coastline, the Native Americans who were here before the white man, and the names of the towns along the way.

Until next time!

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