At the beginning of November, we took our first family camping trip. We camped at Cattail Cove in Arizona. It was about a five hour drive from our home to Cattail Cove, which wasn't to bad even with two kiddos and one dog stuffed in the back seat. From the beach at the rive, we could look across and see California.
Growing up, my family rarely went camping. I think we went once with our church. We lived in a rural community, and worked at a summer camp. If any of us girls wanted to go camping all we had to do was step outside. My parents would often threaten us that if we didn't quiet down and go to sleep that my Dad would set up our tent and send outside for a night under the stars.
Arizona is a great place for winter camping. The weather was beautiful! Warm during the day, cool (not cold) at night. And no bears! I'm terrified of camping in bear territory. The idea of using a bear box scares me...bears are destructive.
The kiddos did well sleeping in a tent for the first time. Both were exhausted by the end of the day and fell asleep without much trouble. However, none of us slept well through the night.
We spent our days by the beach, hiking and swimming. It was a quiet weekend. We made friends with our German neighbors and took Denny on lots of walks.
I would highly recommend camping at Cattail Cove and could definitely see our family returning next season.