A dear friend asked me for campsite suggestions and it took me down a road of happy memories.
I started camping at 21 when a friend invited me. We camped together almost every summer for nearly 20 years with the hubby and his partner.
I never camped as a child and it was an experience I wanted to share with T when we adopted him.
Since age 1, T has gone on camping and outdoor adventures and I treasure each experience.
I believe the outdoors are great for kids with FASD.
Every child is different. For T, the vast outdoors give him plenty of space to run wild and safely expend his endless energy.
I believe that green therapy provides healing qualities for the mind, body and spirit.
Sharing my picks with my friend took me down memory lane to fun camping adventures with T.
We’re blessed to live in a province with an abundance of parks with campsites that are a short drive from the city.
My favourite park is Killbear, located near Parry Sound, Ontario. This was the first campsite we took T to, two months after he entered our lives.
T was just 1.5 year old. Look how tiny he was!
Yes, we set up his portable crib! That stuffed Ladybug has been with us on our adventures since Day 1 up till our recent Spring Break trip.
T’s first time waking up at a campsite.
I’ve posted this photo of T looking out at the beauty of Georgian Bay from the rocky shores of Killbear before. I never tire of thinking about the look of amazement in his eyes.
One of my favourite candid photos of T and I. He did not enjoy swimming in the water that summer because it was too cold.
One of my favourite photos of T and the hubby, taken by the windswept “AY Jackson” tree. It’s tradition to take photos of T with this tree during every visit – to mark the passage of time.
Later that summer, during Labour Day weekend, we went on a second camping trip – this time, with my camping friends at beautiful Algonquin Park.
This was T about to go on his first kayak ride!
We returned to Algonquin the following summer. There is so much to explore at this park.
It was evident from a young age how drawn T is to the water.
This was T’s first canoe ride around Opeongo Lake.
The scenery was beautiful. But our two-year-old still needed his afternoon nap.
We stopped on a small island and had it all to ourselves. We enjoyed a picnic. In just one summer, T became comfortable in the cold lake water.
Look at that vast open space for our little guy to run around in and explore!
On our second evening, the temperature dropped to 8 degrees Celsius and we thought we were gonna freeze to death. T woke up crying of the cold so we took him out of the crib to sleep with us.
Snuggling together in a tent is a priceless experience – especially when you wake up next to this sleeping pose at 7 am.
In 2018, we camped at Bon Echo, which had scenic lakes to canoe and kayak along.
I mean, look at this lovely rocky facade.
And this lovely small island we stopped at.
T enjoyed swimming during this pit stop.
And a little snooze on the paddle back.
Camping food is the best! My friends and the hubby and I share cooking responsibilities and we have the best grilled meals!
This grilled pineapple was amazing!
This was the last night from our very last camping trip to date.
We woke up the next day at 5:30 am to pack up and leave because rain was in the forecast.
This soothing pink rainbow sunrise greeted us as we drove out of the park.
We did not camp the following summer because the hubby was knee deep on a busy work project and then the pandemic hit half a year later.
While we’ve enjoyed outdoor adventures during the pandemic, we have yet to camp again.
Our upcoming summer is pretty much mapped out and we’ll likely skip camping again.
But after this recent photo journey, I am hopeful and energized to return to camping soon.
There are many more memories to be made!