After our successful trips backpacking in fall and camping in winter, I figured my 5 year old daughter was ready for a real winter camping trip.
She was very excited to go, she has been asking for a while now.
On Saturday afternoon we drove to a nearby river trailhead, parked the car and loaded up the Chariot with gear and food. I brought the Chariot in case she got tired and needed to ride instead of ski.
We skied down river for about for a while and found a nice spot to camp. The weather was overcast, but mild, around 25 F (-4C). Kid's and snow are a great combo. She played in the snow while I selected the best site.
We gathered firewood and roasted hotdogs. By this time it had gotten dark, so I set up the tent. The sky was filled with stars, as the moon hadn't risen yet. It was cold, but there was little wind. It was wonderful to be out there in the woods. I had brought a stove and freeze dried meal, but we chose to eat cookies and hotdogs instead. Surprise surprise!
When we were snug inside our sleeping bags, I read her a story and she was asleep before I turned off my headlamp. We woke up a few times during the night, but we were nice and warm inside our bags, just not during a pee break!
We woke up to a cold, clear sunrise, about 8 F (-13C) After a quick cookie and some tea from the thermos, we packed up and headed home, to go to brunch at some friends.
Sunday lived up to it's name, and we had a great time ski back to the car. we stopped to play on some boulders and in a quinzee someone had made.
Skiing on the gorgeous river in the sun, with my daughter. It doesn't get much better than that!
My daughter had a good time and really enjoyed herself.