A visit from grandparents would not be complete without an overnight camp-out. Right.?
An hour outside Boise, Idaho in Bogus Basin Recreational Area is a sweet little campground near Shafer Butte. A near perfect spot to take young children. Equipped with fixings for smores (our version with Nutella), a 3 man 12 pound tent we used backpacking when our kids were little, jammies, sleeping bags, and stuffed animals, we headed out for kid’s night out in the mountains.
The happy campers had fun setting up camp, gathering wood for the campfire, jumping and playing on rocks, learning about pit potties, using quiet voices as to not disturb wildlife and other campers, exploring the various techniques of roasting marshmallows or not, and focusing on basic safety around the campfire, like don’t swing around a stick that is on fire.
While discussing trail names and what they were during our evening walk, we all agreed that my grand-daughter’s perfect trail name would be “Nutella”. She will do most anything for the stuff, and she is the master at spreading it perfectly on a graham cracker before the roasted marshmallow hits the cracker. She is super excited about her new name and kept thanking me for taking her camping. So what else could I do but promise to take her backpacking when she is 6. Look out for next summer’s blog entry, “Nutella and Rockin’ Hit the Trail”!
It doesn’t get better than this.