Decades ago, new wife, myself and wife's best friend went to Lake Chicot in Louisiana (I lived in Lafayette back then) and rented a canoe, and had a good time, paddling around, in and amongst the big cypress trees. Didn't have a bit of trouble, but got the bug...the canoeing bug. A few weeks later (this was pre-computer age--so not much done in the way of research) wife and I went to Bogue Chitto & rented a canoe for the morning float down the river.about 8-10 miles I suppose.Oh My Pants! That could have gone wrong quick! I took mine out on a huge lake in our little Jon boat once. Some guys in a big boat went speeding past us and their wake flooded our boat. Of course it was our first one and we didn't know to put the battery to the trolling motor in the middle. So the back end started to sink.... We managed to get over to the shoreline but were headed into some hanging tree branches. There was a spider in its web going straight towards my face so I leaned back a wee bit. Hubbs thought I was going to stand so bear hugged me. Next thing I know I'm under the boat, feet weighing me down bc I had my boots on, not a good experience. Thankfully I was able to stand up and my head broke the surface. But my phone, that he insisted I bring so we could keep track of time, was a goner.
I'm approaching my 60's. When we took our kiddos, I was young as well. My son and daughter were babies at time. I'm too old to babysit in the woods now. Once the grand kids get some miles on them and become more self sustainable, then I can enjoy the rustic retreat lifestyle again. Dragging a 4 y/o autistic child out to the woods is not a mini vacation by any means.We were camping as young as two weeks. Aaaaaaaaall seven children 0-10. In a tent.
My kids were born before beepers/pagers/cell phones. They lived to be outdoors. They loved camping. Especially the camping & fishing times. Both were in Scouting. Both troops were heavy Camping Troops..Whether they like it or not!