From Andorra we had come down the Pyrenees to our first camping experience in Agde, at the Mediterranean coast of France. It’s the third oldest town in France, apparently! Since we never had time to research places, we had no idea until we got there. We set up our tent next to our little cabin/hut with no running water, but still close to nature… almost just as the Greeks did it when they settled there in 525 B.C… maybe. Though they probably did not have swimming pools nor inflatable play structures for wild Energizer-bunny-rabbit-fueled kids!!
The first camping site that we booked was at a beach. . . a nudist beach at that! I wonder how it would have been, if we did not cancel it. . . NO Yum-Yum for this Dum Dum. . . this time!!! 😉
first-time family camping: kids at work
Camping was quite a fun and new learning experience for us all. Well, it was not exactly all-out camping in a tent. We thought it was best to have a cabin in a campsite and pitch a tent on the side so the boys could get used to the idea. Best for everyone to slow-roll these things, wife and I thought. So, we actually practiced pitching, sleeping in, and re-packing the tent at home. It did cover the entire living room, however it was a good dry run for all of us.
FAMILY fun CAMPING: KIDS AT play
The last time I pitched a tent was in the Philippines, and that was some old-school boy scout kinda thing where other (better) scouts actually did for me. So, you can imagine me convincing mi alma (my wife) of this wonderful adventure of all four of us sleeping in one tent. I had to somehow project this can-do, confident super-dupper, savior of the universe…. Super Dad! Gotta put the benefits up front, I thought… and not the benefit for me, but to my kids and mi alma. And what’s that?
Convincing the boys that camping was fun was actually quite fun and easy. We just wrapped it all in a story… a story of ninjas, samurais, Spartans and the big black voodoo Oso that lurks in the wood and gets annoyed when awaken by noisy children.
FIRST-TIME FAMILY CAMPING: KIDS AT rest
With that tent-camping-at-home experience, we were confident in booking campsites. And yet, still, we needed to slow-roll this baby out. First test came on Day 7 of our first family summer camping road trip at a camping site called Le Maridor.
FAMILY fun CAMPING: KIDS explore agde
FIRST-TIME FAMILY CAMPING: kids on the road. Next? valence, france
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