Sunday, March 24, 2019

Camping in Big Sur, CA

We're headed out for our second ever camping trip as a family of four in just one week and it has me reminiscing about the first time we voluntarily slept on an air mattress with only a thin layer of tent between it and the dirt. We committed to this camping trip before I was pregnant with our second kiddo, Maverick and ended up on the trip with a 16-month-old and a 6 week old. Oh, my word. It was a trip if I've ever seen one. Dirt and sleepless nights and postpartum at it's best...We had a memorable time but we weren't planning our next trip on our way back. So here we are, almost 2 years later and we're ready for our second camping adventure.

Looking back, we were brave souls and it was so worth it! Payton explored nature and laughed with her family and Maverick was just snuggled all the time. Josh and I were met with a whole new set of marital challenges and with the exception of one conversation that was louder than normal, we came out stronger on the other side. I think there was some part of us that felt like we tackled the world and survived. I know Josh felt like a rockstar after successfully setting up our campsite by himself.

We definitely had the help of parents and nieces and aunts and uncles to keep things fun and in perspective. Plus we had the beauty of Big Sur. This was Josh's first trip, and I don't think he was one bit sad sharing that experience with his very curious daughter. I had been a few times before. Once on an impromptu look-at-colleges road trip with my mom and cousin and a few times on drives back and forth from Southern California and Seattle.
Payton could not get enough of any of it. More dirt. More falling. More climbing. More adventuring. More. More. More. That kid did not want to stop for anything. Naps were challenging. Sleep, in general, was challenging. I remember Josh sleeping on the hard, cold floor next to Payton's portable crib until she fell asleep. That was a long time! Our kiddos are big fans of their routines and beds, which I'm not sad about.
Big Sur is a magical place. We were definitely in the midst of nature with dirt and bugs and up with the sunrise and down with sunset but the campsite we stayed at, Fernwood, was the perfect place to go with a newborn. They had an outdoor kitchen, which was so great for washing bottles and pump parts and they also had a washer and dryer! Oh my goodness gracious. We were so thankful for this because we were expecting it to be warmer than it was so we needed to wash our warmer clothes over and over. Plus dirt and spit up and then dirty spit up. You get the idea.

Fernwood is also great because it is not far from beautiful beaches and sightseeing. If it's not on your radar, it should be. At least if camping is your thing.
Have you been camping? How about camping with babies or kiddos of any age? We have 6 days to prepare for our next trip and we need tips! Please share :)


  1. Big Sur is one of my top five places that I want to visit. I had no idea you could camp there! You captured some great pictures of the memories you made. :)

  2. I’m not one for camping as is, but camping with kids sounds like an even greater venture! Y’all are brave haha! It definitely looks like a good time.

  3. I don't like camping at all because I'm really pale and super prone to mosquito bites, BUT these views make me want to give it another shot.

  4. Omg this is beautiful!! We are a huge camping family so this is right up our alley. Looks like a great time

  5. Camping is not my favorite thing but having a good campsite makes it so much better, especially when you have kids!