Published Friday, September 21, 2012

It's finally fall

The hint of fall in the air is so exciting, especially having had to deal with Savannah’s heat and humidity for the last several months.

It’s one of the things on my “least favorite” list about Georgia’s crown jewel city; it gets so hot here even the dog doesn’t want to go outside.

When that first crisp morning arrives it’s all folks talk about. We’ve waited months and it’s finally here. We get our bikes out for neighborhood rides and we snug up our tennis shoes for long walks.

But it seems the first thing I think of every single year is camping. When the kids were small and we were living in Moreland, we’d spend the first bit of fall with a day drive to Helen for a picnic. We’d hike a bit, picnic and then hike some more. The kids loved it and usually slept all the way home. On those drives back home I’d wonder who needed it more, the kids or us.

I love camping, especially this time of year. There’s something wonderful about sipping coffee by the lake while watching the sunrise. It’s almost as awesome as bacon sizzling on the little grill just outside of the tent or RV. Bacon cooking has the power to wake up a whole campground.

Add a pontoon boat on the lake or just a simple bicycle ride around the campground and it’s a sure fire way to celebrate the first moments of fall.

Ninja Man and I are planning to have an RV one day but for now we have a snazzy tent we’ll enjoy using. It’s not like the tents we had back when the kids were little – it pops up almost like magic and is super easy to assemble, which makes our camping experience even better.

It’s been a few years since we set up camp and things are a bit different. Lucky for us, just as we are getting older things are getting easier. Gone is the foot pump for the inflatable mattress – now we have one that runs on batteries. That plus an easier setup for the tent means we’ll get outside to explore even sooner.

I love it all, the cool temps, the walks around camp, cooking out, even the night sounds as we drift off to sleep.

I’m keeping grandson Asher this week while his little sister and mommy travel. I don’t think he’s ever been camping and since we can’t get away to celebrate the arrival of fall this weekend I’m thinking that our back yard is just right for a little guy’s first campout.

Figuring out what to do with a three and a half year old won’t be too hard. I’m pretty sure having a tent in the yard will be hugely entertaining. Add a couple of flashlights for shadow puppets and that’s likely all we’ll need; well, that and some sleep.

Even though we won’t be in the mountains I’m sure it will be a lot of fun for him. With any luck he will snuggle in and enjoy snoozing under the stars. If not, our comfy beds are just a few steps away. Sounds like a great plan.

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