Our first attempt at Camping

We tried our first camping trip. Just me and the kids and some friends. It was not bad, we had tons of fun. Except for the windy and cold weather. Yes, it's summer time here, but the temperature in Banff was still cold. I actually didn't sleep well that night.





July 8-9, 2011 @ Tunnel Mountain Village 1 - Banff National Park

What my kids enjoyed the most is playing inside the tent and having their first try at s'mores! Crackers with chocolate and melted marshmallows = YUMMY!

Wait... while hiking, we came across this mother bear with her 3 cubs... unfortunately, the cubs were too small and I am too far away to capture them...

But despite the uncooperative weather, I am willing to try camping again. I told my husband that he should come next time and that we could get a curt trailer hitch to hook up to his Pilot and rent a trailer. Then even if it gotten cold, we can stay warm inside the trailer.

15 comments:

Jennifer Conway said...

Our weather here in Vancouver has not been great this Summer either! I'm sure the s'mores made up for the weather though! YUM! *smiles* ~Jen

Mridula said...

From the pictures one can see you all had great fun!

Tina said...

Dangerous shots! LG Tina

eden said...

Wow, we all love camping too. Beautiful photos.

Suzi Smith said...

Mmm... rain in north east england too for a few weeks! Probably a good job you weren't too close so mamma bear didn't get upset... must be lovely to see tho!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - thanks for visting my blog - if you have time you may also enjoy my other blog as well - more words than the Photo-Gallery.

I think camping is important for kids - mine are just old eneough to start - we have to worry about snakes here, while you have to worry about bears! Dont know which I would worry about most!

Hope we can keep visting

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

stardust said...

“Crackers with chocolate and melted marshmallows” made my mouth watering. I’ll try. You’re so brave to capture the bear. Wish that weather will be cooperative next time. Have happy days ahead, JO.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Jo,

It looks like everyone had a great time camping despite the colder weather. I don't know if I would have the nerve to stand and take a picture of a bear though. Thanks so much for stopping to visit me. Have a great day!

Lilly said...

Hi Jo - thank you for stopping by my blog, and I have returned to yours - your camping trip sounded like fun, even though cold and windy - remember to be careful of bears with cubs, they will attack if they feel threatened as they are very protective of their babies.
I think you would be wise to invest or rent trailer - makes the experience so much more enjoyable, especially in the rain and cold.
Thanks for stopping by my site and hope you visit again.
Cheerio for now
Lilly
http://saucykodz.blogspot.com

JO said...

Bear was too far from me too! I just had a 200mm lens and bear photos were cropped for closer look... I wouldn't dare go close to the bear.

@ Stewart, I wouldn't go camping if this is a snake country. That would be far more too scary for me. It's a good thing Alberta doesn't have snakes.

Thank you all for stopping by!!!

SquirrelQueen said...

It looks like everyone had a great time. It can get really cold sleeping in a tent, I always take an extra blanket for inside my sleeping bag.

Glad to hear you didn't get too close to mama bear, they are very dangerous.

Jeanne said...

Hello Jo, thanks for visiting my post on Weds. Maine is a lovely place to visit.
Your camping trip sounds like fun in spite of the cold. The mama bear is dangerous if you get too close. I know the babies were adorable. We were lucky enough to see a mama and her three cubs in a backyard setting in the mountains. They were playing, climbing trees and so cute. We were safe watching them on a 20 foot deck.

Good luck on your next camping trip. Children love to camp.
Hugs, Jeanne

Genie said...

Your photos this week bring back memories of our camping with the children years and years ago. I am to darn old now to even consider crawling into a tent. I would get down and wouldn’t be able to get up....like in that TV ad for the Alert necklaces. On Aug 3 my husband leaves to hike the Long Trail from Vermont into Canada...and sleeping in a tent every night. He has already done the Appalachian Trail, so this will be trail #2. I will remain here and hold things together at the house. Genie

EG Wow said...

I think you are getting all the cold weather there. Here in Ontario it is way too hot!

Kinda scary to see a bear. Be careful!

jane said...

Wow - fantastic bear shots - looks like you had a great camping experience - thanks for calling by my blog - do pop by again - weather rainy but warm here in the UK - hsve a great week you and your family - Jane