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    Went to ground, but it was worth it...

    So my son has recently expressed an interest in camping with me. He is 5 years old, almost 6. I've been waiting for some nicer weather so we could give it a try in the back yard to see how he likes it, figuring that'd at some point of the night he'd be begging to go back in the house.

    I finally gave up waiting for good weather as we were both getting impatient and so I dug out my 4 person Coleman tent and set it up in the back yard. I built us a nice fire and we did all the usual stuff, s'mores and hot cocoa, etc... The night was cold here, about 23F for a low, so my wife was very worried, but I purchased him a nice Lodge River Jr 0 bag, and had a cheap 40 rectangle bag I could open up and cover him with like a blanket.

    Surprisingly enough he crawled right into the bag and fell asleep about halfway through me reading him his library book. I think he slept better than I did (not used to the ground anymore...) and I kept waking up to check on him to make sure his face wasn't getting covered up too much or something.

    He woke up once around 5 am when our neighbor's rooster started crowing, and again around 7 when the sun lit up the tent.

    He made me very proud, had fun throughout and never once even considered going in the house. He wants to do it again soon in the hammock, then he'll be graduating on to "woods camping" instead of "yard camping".


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    I love it!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    awsome hope to introduce my son to hammock camping

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    I saw "went to ground" and couldn't think of any reason to do so, now you have shown me one..Very nice. Glad he made it through the night.....RR
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    that is a good reason to go to the ground! now he can't hardly wait. good job dad!!!! his face says it all
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    Great shot. when my daughter was about 2 we were going to be camping out at a family gathering. I pitched the tent in the backyard about two weeks prior so that she could play in it. she loved it. when the time actually came to camp out in in it she was more than ready and she slept through the night quite nicely. If tents get them outside and enjoying it, then what a great way to start! Good job, dad.
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    I'll be doing this soon and can't wait,,,hope it goes as well as your experience

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    Best post I've read today. That is great - that's what it's all about.

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    Thanks for the comments guys! He's been talking about it all day. Can't wait to get out with me again.

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    On great trip report! Get that lil' fellow in scouts and enjoy more of these trips!

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