What motivates me
When I was a kid, the oldest of 5 in my family, every summer my incredible mother would pile us all into the family station wagon and leave dusty and hot suburban DC for the cool and tranquil state parks of Upstate New York. We would spend the summer camping, sleeping in hammocks, cooking and cleaning fish and learning about nature. I credit my mom with my love of the outdoors, my resilience and my drive to innovate and explore, all centred on these amazing summer adventures. In our family, we all had jobs and mine included not only prepping our old “Woody” station wagon for the trip, but also “taking stock” of our camping equipment and going to army surplus stores with my mom to replenish our gear supply. That ‘s where I found my first hammock (but that’s another story)!
It feels like it’s time to take stock again, to venture into the outdoors with our friends and family, maybe sticking close to home for vacations. It’s time to be together and learn the simple skills of camping which are also the skills of self-sufficiency and survival. The great thing about camping gear and supplies is that they are not only part of what you need for a fun and thrifty vacation but also what you need to have on hand for the emergencies we hope will never happen but feel good about getting ready for anyway. Camping out is a good way to learn how to use these tools and also how to be okay with getting out of our comfort zone occasionally, even if it's just in the back yard. The “bug out bag ” we all aspire to have ready can also be the “have-fun bag”..