We arrived late after a gorgeous sunset ride on the Edmonds to Kingston ferry, driving through the Olympic National Forest to get to Dosewallips State Park in Brinnon, Washington. We’re a Bigfoot family – not seriously, but ok kind of seriously – and my husband pronounced the forest very “Squatchy.” We drove along Highway 101, looking for hulking shadows or glowing eyes around every turn. So cool.
We set up our tent in the dark and settled in. Even with the late night and the big change from our routine, my twins did very well and went right to sleep. In the morning, it was full-on campground fun time. The bike and scooter came out, horseshoes and lawn bowling set up, and plenty of neighbors to wave at.
Was this deep woods quiet reflection? No. It was car camping, social camping, “get to know where everyone’s from” camping. My kids love the campground atmosphere, and my husband and I are becoming fans, too. It helps to see your kids so happy.
We did get out to explore. They tried play-fishing with toy rods in the Dosewallips River – note to mom, get real rods! We walked the trail over to Hood Canal, stepping over thousands of oyster and clam shells, and getting to see some live ones, too. My daughter and I hiked some of the Maple Valley Trail, walking quietly through the other-worldly green of the forest.
If you’re a family who hasn’t tried camping yet, I’d say go for it. Just expect that if you’re a mom who does a lot of work to care for everyone at home, that won’t change. Travel isn’t about luxury and pampering all of the time. Sometimes, it’s a game of horseshoes, washing little faces outside, and sleeping in a cozy tent.
And the feeling that you did it together.
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