It's Tuesday and Memorial Day weekend is over. Bummer. But it was a beautiful weekend and I got to spend some quality time with my family and get a lot done. However, I can't stop thinking about vacation time. It's the beginning of another summer and I have a strong urge to get away!
I realize times are tight for a lot of people right now so trying to figure out how to enjoy summer without breaking the bank seems like a daunting task. But there is always one inexpensive vacation that is not only healthy, but it is great for the entire family - CAMPING!!!!
Camping is one of my favorite ways to spend vacation. It's relaxing, brings you closer to nature and gives you many opportunities to be active.
Don't have a tent or RV? No problem. Try a camping cabin. They are only $40 per night in most parks and you don't have to own your own camping gear.
My version of a perfect camping day would be: wake up early with a cup of coffee; eat breakfast off the grill; go for a morning hike; eat lunch; afternoon bike ride; hit the park swimming pool; relax (maybe take a nap); eat dinner and roast marshmallows over a campfire; then check out the nightly events most campgrounds have to offer. Good times.
One of my favorite places to visit in Ohio is Hocking Hills http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/tabid/743/Default.aspx. It's amazing and the ammenities are amazing. Check your nearest park for details.
Another great park here in Ohio is Long's Retreat in Latham, Ohio (www.longsretreat.com). It offers a swimming lake, water slide, indoor arcade, splash pad, go karts, basketball courts and other fun kid activities. It was like visiting a mini amusement park for a lot less money.
Also, check out the book Cooking on a Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids by Linda White. I found it at my local library and it gave us some fun ideas for cooking over a campfire with kids.
So don't think you have to stay at home this year. Find a campground near you and stay for a night or a week. It's up to you, but make the most of your summer and have fun!