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THE CAMPING JOURNEY OF KIMBO

Camping trips are a great way to experience nature and the great outdoors.

There’s something about the nature of camping accessories that distinguishes these expeditions from the usual non-camping trips. It is not every day that one sleeps in a tent and wakes up surrounded by trees and creepy crawling little neighbors, either on lakeside or at the foot of a mountain. Each area of wilderness has its distinct aroma that swiftly reminds you that this is not your bedroom. you can never get enough of such amazing experiences. Profound Impression.

My first and best camping trip happened when I was still in junior high as a boy scout. The experience left a profound impression that shaped my life decades later. Armed with ropes and bush survival skills imparted to us just before departure, we ventured into a conservancy area where we did not pitch any tents. Instead, the entire team demarcated spaces on the ground using stones to distinguish each member’s personal space.

Apart from maintaining the cleanliness of one’s designated personal area, we generally worked as a team. We gathered firewood and lit fires by rubbing sticks taken from surrounding trees. The entire team took turns to prepare food in the aluminum camping pots we had borrowed from our parents. Led by a few teachers, we were a group of little city boys determined to survive the harsh African wilderness with very little to protect us from the elements. We let nothing stop us from enjoying the moonlit-but-eerie nights in the open after having left nervous but proud mothers at home. Sunrise in the Wilderness

Mornings greeted us with the bright sunlight that initially shone on our campsite as streaks of light struggling to bypass the maze of trees blocking its way. This remained the case until mid-mornings when it would rise right above the site with a bemused but glowing appearance. The afternoons were spent exploring the conservancy, cooking, eating, cleaning and going through our scouting drills. Learning to tie various types of knots with ropes took a new dimension as we discovered practical uses of our skills in the bush.

Being a dad is something I never imagined, and it has shaken everything I thought I knew about myself. I loved camping as a kid, every part of it. From the highway rumble across state lines, to the primeval forest destinations in the total absence of any form of civilization. I camped in the serious wild. But now my boy is the exact opposite. He doesn’t see the point of camping without an iPad mini. He wants race cars and star ships in his sleeping bag.

To him, it doesn’t count as a campfire without strawberry-flavored marshmallows. There’s another thing that parenthood has taught me which I never was very good at: compromise. My wife and I have reimagined camping to make it a positive experience for him without a ton of power-struggle wrangling about what camping is supposed to be. I’ll always have my childhood memories of camping, which I loved.

Instead of clearing out all of our schedules for a communications-dark, cross-country wilderness campaign, camping for us now means a day grilling on the beach and home by dusk. Our boy helps up pack up the tent, prep the grill, select the snacks and pick out a modest number of toys. In fact, he has become much more cooperative and generous as he sees how it benefits him in other areas.

you can never get enough of such amazing experiences. Profound Impression.

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