Daddy Daughter Camping Trip

When Ryan told me he wanted to take Kelsey camping, I bit my tongue. Mostly because I’m not the camping type and since she is half my genes, I figured she wouldn’t be either. But I really didn’t want to ruin that for her (and him) because he was so excited, so I just faked a smiled and said, “Sure, that sounds like fun.”

So, off they went. Along with my in-laws (all boys), this little 4-year-old ventured out on a 2 day camping trip with dad. It really was the cutest thing because my cheap frugal husband went to REI and bought his little princess everything you can imagine – down to hiking shoes, water shoes, sleeping bags, and a solar shower “because the lake might be too cold.”

He treated her like he does every day of her life, like a princess. When they got home I was shocked – shocked because she had so much fun! Ryan said they were about 3 miles from the campground, driving home, when she said, “Daddy, can we do that again some time.” These two haven’t been the same since. She is more attached to him than ever and I find them exchanging looks and inside jokes.

I’m a little jealous, not going to lie, but the relationship and bond these two formed from this camping trip is priceless. I think a few years ahead to when she is older and the fact that she’ll look back on these times when it was “just her and dad” and for that, I am forever in debt to my husband for giving her this great childhood memory. I love them both more than words can say.

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7 thoughts on “Daddy Daughter Camping Trip

  1. Stephanie, when my girls were young John took them camping every year. They went with another Dad and his 2 girls up somewhere in the Jemez. They loved it. And the other mom and I loved it too!

    1. Really? I think that’s such a great thing. I never went camping (maybe that’s why I don’t love it) but I have so many great memories of doing things with my dad – from softball games to girl scout camp with him … it’s truly a blessing to have such wonderful father figures in our lives.

  2. We don’t camp…we cabin! I hate camping too and it’s because when we were kids, we went to the cabin! The photo of Ryan and Kelsey is gorgeous! Good for her, glad she likes it!!!

    1. I remember “cabining” with you very well, some of my favorite childhood memories are with the Davidson clan.

  3. What a great daddy! This is so sweet. There is seriously something about camping that just calls your heart into the outdoors…if you’re into that sort of thing. 🙂 And if you’re not, you can just enjoy your alone time at home and savor a quiet house!