Tuesday, December 22, 2015

First Camping of the Year

Our first camping of the year was very close to home. About five minutes drive, to be exact. We generally head out to a dune area about 30 minutes away, but there have been a few instances of locals not being keen on foreigners camping, so we decided to spend the night right on our own camp. Once we got over the bummer of not being able to climb the dunes, it was just fine. The kids made their own fun by climbing the rocky hills and playing with fire for hours.

Since many of the kids are Minecraft fans, they found a bunch of metal rods in the desert and spent an inordinate amount of time trying to melt the metal to turn it into swords.

We told ourselves to remember that camping in the middle of November is the most perfect time of year: not too cold, but cold enough to bundle up and enjoy a fire. The next morning, I brought out my super-cool, propane coffeemaker, (my luxury camping item) and it was a big hit with the adults. 

As the adults enjoyed coffee, I snapped this photo of the kids up on a hill, and the early morning light combined with the pretend play were downright magical. Most of us who live here in Saudi are so grateful that our kids are growing up with such an innocent, safe childhood. The only downside I hear folks with older kids say is that the kids are not as savvy about the 'real world' because it's so accepting and so safe here. I can take that downside if it means our kid gets the chance to grow up with such amazing experiences. 

1 comment:

Popo and Gong Gong said...

Magical for sure. The coffee sounds good too.