We're gearing up to take Elizabeth for her first overnight camping trip. We'll start close to home so we can flee the countryside if it turns out that we decide to abort after experiencing the realities of camping with an almost-toddler. Have you been camping with a fifteen month old? What are your top ten tips?
Grandma and Grandpa J gave Elizabeth a voucher for a birthday sleeping bag and Daddy still hadn't gotten around to trying on new hiking shoes received at Christmas. So a shopping trip to MEC was clearly in order. A 10% discount for Girl Guide members gave us the motivation to finally go to pick out some goodies.
Auntie Janice wore her amazing hat and tried on a million pairs of shoes before giving up. Daddy tried on half a million pairs of shoes and finally found a pair he liked. Elizabeth played with her new thermarest and bossed Uncle Chris around. And Mommy coveted the MEC bike trailers but eventually decided that she'd have to think about where on earth we could put it in the garage. Daddy's still not convinced we want a trailer over one of those bike seats.
There's a great article all about the pros and cons of trailers versus infant bike seats but I'm of two minds about which is best. The trailers sure do take up a lot of space, but I remember nearly dumping my baby sister in a bike seat a couple of times so I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to use one. On the other hand the idea of biking on the road with a baby is slightly terrifying too.