Ok, I’m going to just come clean right now. . . this is way more than 10 pictures. But when you spend a weekend camping with your family, it’s hard to narrow it down to just 10 images to tell the story. So please accept my apologies!
We are an outdoorsy family. We love to hike and camp and just get outside! While having kids has slowed our pace down a bit, we still like to get out for a camping trip at least once a summer. This past summer, however, we just never found the right weekend. The perk to living in Southern California is that the weather is warm enough (and probably even better!) for camping in the fall. This trip marked a first for us, however, with the rental of a pop-up camper. We have been 100% tent campers up until this point. But a few months back, my husband got an itch to put a hitch on our mini-van, knowing that it would make it look tougher AND that we could pull a camper! So, we rented a little A-Liner for the weekend and headed to Ventura County. My boys were in heaven!
It was cloudy where we camped, but we headed north through Ojai into the mountains. We went over one pass and then the sky was completely clear blue. We hit a fun trail that crossed a stream numerous times, which was quite the adventure for my little hikers.
As we got back to our car my husband says, “Well, we did it! We found a place near L.A. that we didn’t see another person for over 2 hours!”
As we drove back toward our campground, you could see the clouds oozing over the mountains. As we drove back up into it, it was so cool to see the exact line of 2 completely different weather systems colliding!
In my opinion, the downside to camping with a camper or RV is that most of the campgrounds feel more like parking lots than actual camp sites. The perk of going in October is that the campground was only about 30% full, so we had plenty of space to stretch out and the other trailer pads made a great spot for bike riding and casting practice.
It’s not camping if there’s not a little relaxing, right!
And my absolute favorite part about camping is the smores!
We woke up on Sunday and drove out of the mountains toward the ocean. We found a fabulous little park and picnic area at Sycamore Cove in Ventura for our picnic lunch.
We had time for a little more casting. . .
Running our toes through the water. . .
Playing in the sand. . .
And we even had a little visitor, right off the beach. . . a sea lion!
When I get caught up in the hustle and bustle and crowds and rat race that is Los Angeles, it’s so nice to have a weekend like this to make me truly appreciate the beauty of California and the good fortune that we get to spend a few years living here!
Even though this was more like a “22 on 10,” I still do this as part of a project with some other fab photographers. Head on over to check out what Chicago Photographer Britt Anderson has for this month!