A few weeks back I took my 2 daughters camping and fishing. It was just a 2 day adventure. One night. It was an experiment. It was just me and my 2 daughters and my 2 dogs. (Thor and Lincoln, the only boys allowed) I haven’t taken my dogs camping for several reasons. My older dog, Thor, has always gotten stressed when we take him anywhere. He won’t settle down and paces constantly until you go home. He just really likes to be at home. My other dog, Lincoln, who we rescued from a shelter, came with a whole lot of issues. Poor guy. Anxiety and separation anxiety, just to name a couple. So I wanted to take them out to see how they did, but I wanted it just to be us so that there was less for them to stress about. But I also needed to prove to myself and for my girls that we can do it on our own. I needed to know for myself and I wanted them to know that we are good on our own, just as the three of us. So, on one hand it was a test run for the dogs, and on the other hand it was a test run for ourselves.
It was a blast! We had so much fun! The dogs did great! They just went with us where ever we went and they weren’t stressed. They totally understood that the tent was our shelter and they wanted to go in and go to sleep when it got dark. We went fishing and just had so much fun! My younger daughter fished with me. My older daughter really wanted to write short stories and read her Stephen King novel. She kept apologizing for not wanting to fish. I told her that this was our little vacation and I wanted her to have a good time, so she didn’t have to fish if she didn’t want to.
The first day we didn’t catch any fish and that was my plan for dinner, so I ended up cooking up some potatoes and bacon I brought for breakfast. The dogs spilled some of their dog food and no body ate it… until we were in our tents trying to sleep. It was about 1 AM and the girls and I were up anyway. No rules when you’re camping. But we had been laying down trying to get to sleep and suddenly we hear little munches and crunches. My younger one asked what it might be. My older one said she was scared. lol My younger daughter has a pet hedgehog so she could tell it was something small. So I unzipped the very bottom of the tent door just to peak through. It was a skunk! I laughed quietly as to not wake up the dogs. They were sleeping hard and snoring and I didn’t want that to change. I didn’t want them scaring the skunk… For obvious reasons… So we just laid there giggling quietly as we listened to the skunk clean up the dog food we left out.
The next day we went fishing again, my youngest and I, and we took the dogs. It was really funny because Thor is almost 12 years old and he just acts like an old man looking out at the water and just sitting proud and majestically at the waters edge. Then there’s Lincoln. He’s younger and goofier. So as we are fishing on the shore he just went right out into the water and was biting at the water and stirring up the mud and you wouldn’t believe it! My youngest was catching fish right there. Right where Lincoln was splashing around. She caught four fish and I caught none! I couldn’t get over that. But we ended our quick little adventure fishing and catching fish with our dogs there with us.
It was really a great experience. For all of us. I can’t wait to get them out there again. Maybe take a 3 day weekend and stay a few nights. I’m sure I’ll have more stories for you in the future, but our very first Girls Only camping trip was a success and we definitely plan on doing many more in the near future.