The night-time temperature is finally at one that we’re happy to take the Robot on his first camping trip. We’d considered taking him a month ago but temperatures were forecasted around zero degrees. We waited patiently and here we are…
The Robots first camping trip
We decided to go car camping, just an overnight and not far away. We chose a little campsite near Haverthwaite in the Lake District. Having been there a few years ago we knew what to expect.
Setting off out the house at 3.30, rather delayed by an extended nap, we were on the road.
We set up camp on top of a hill, no one else was camping near by so we had room to take over. Plus no worries about the Robot getting lost or disturbing other campers. It’s an idyllic first spot.
The day before going I had bought a proper picnic blanket, I am so glad I did, it meant that the Robot had somewhere to play on that wasn’t just the grass. I let him play on the grass but he has a habit of eating everything, this just kept him a little bit closer to hand.
It wouldn’t be a camping trip without a BBQ especially since the weather was so warm. Slightly burnt burgers and sausages for tea. Just what I ordered.After tea and it being daylight still we decided that bed time didn’t matter. We bundled Robot in his little warm suit and got ready to go to the pub…On route there we got the photo below, I just had to share it with you. It’s either Dave became a borrower or we fell into a throw back film of Honey I Shrunk the Kids.One thing I wasn’t really prepared for was how the daylight would affect the Robots sleeping ability. At home he has black out blinds, in the tent there is no such hope. He normally goes to sleep about 8pm, 9.45pm later we managed to get him to sleep as it was going dusky.
We mis-judged the amount of alcohol to bring with us, so we got a carry out from the pub. Some of which we spilled all over the porch of the tent, most of which ended up in Daves tummy! It was nice though. 10pm, Dave and I went to bed too! Not much else to do in a tiny tent with a baby and the dark.It did concern me that as it took so long to get him to sleep that he might be up at the crack of dawn in the morning.
I woke up at 2am wondering where I was and where my baby was. I thought I’d squashed him but soon worked out I hadn’t. A little mummy panic! A further 4am wake up and it was starting to get lighter, thankfully he went back to sleep… The birds woke up. I’d list off the birds I thought I heard but I might have to make some up!
So many birds, we were really in the country. The Robot woke again at 5.30, I thought that was going to be it for the day, but no, asleep again till 7.30! I was very impressed.It took us till 11am to pack up and leave. We ate communal porridge, lazed in the morning sun and generally took our time. It was just so nice to be outside with no pressures to do anything or be any where!
Things we need for next time we go car camping:
Chairs! Our backs aren’t what they used to be.
Have you any first time camping stories? Anything I missed? Any tips for our next trip?