Camping with 13 kids!!

We had the good fortune to have friends who made camping reservations at Yellowstone National Park.  They got four spots together and invited four families with a total of 13 kids for six nights of camping.  I was a little nervous, it was the biggest camping venture our little family had taken on.  But again, thanks to prepared friends, we had a great time of it.  I love that our family lived outside for six days!  There were some complaining kids at times, but they all did wonderfully, exploring together, and just being kids outside. 
 Our baby was not quite one and spent a lot of time in the campground hanging out in her stroller.  And below, our little baby corner at the camp.  I picked up that little go-pod, which I have loved.  It folds up like a camp chair, but it is a clever little seat that babies love.  I wish I had had it several kids ago.
 We loved the thermal features, and learning about the thermal features!

 

 And lots of American Bison, very close to our car!!  They are huge.
The first night in camp, we were awakened in the middle of the night by a pack of wolves, which was a little freaky.  You also need to be very careful with camp clean up of food so as not to attract bears.
The best we could do for a family photo.  Isn’t it fun trying to take photos with your kids?
And below, I loved the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone!
We hope to camp more as a family, does your family camp?  Where will summer plans take you? 

 

About the author:

Prior to becoming a traveling opera wife and full-time mother, Ann Hinckley Stucki studied socio-cultural anthropology as an undergraduate and went on to receive her master’s degree in social work. She has worked in a variety of fields from health education, mental health/community/school social work, geriatrics, childbirth labor support, and disease prevention in Latin America. Her research pursuits have taken her from a Costa Rican/Nicaraguan border dispute to London, England to present graduate research at a Medical Anthropology conference. Additionally, she is an award-winning photographer and enjoys portrait work. She also teaches fire breathing. Brian Stucki has been singing professionally full-time for more than six years, taking his family on the road with him. He has sung with companies and orchestras from coast to coast and on three continents. Highlights include The Pearl Fishers with Seattle Opera, Così fan tutte with the New Israeli Opera, Haydn’s Creation, with Boston Baroque, The Barber of Seville with the Compaña Nacional de Mexico in Mexico City, and The Fall of the House of Usher with the Polish National Opera..