A few weekends ago we loaded up the minivan to the max with a tent, sleeping bags, cooler and way too many changes of toddler pants and set a course for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. My parents had taken their camper and we joined up with them at Iron Creek campground. It was the first time we’ve taken the girls camping, other than a couple of backyard adventures.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we spent our days skipping rocks on the river, gazing at an enormous bald eagle nest, and hiking trails through the beautiful forest along the riverbank. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows for s’mores over the campfire and the kids stayed up way too late each night. All in all, I’d say they definitely got the full “camping” experience. They were exhausted but happy by the time we packed up and headed home on the third day.