I’ve always been a city girl at heart, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate nature. In fact, I may even appreciate it more as I see the direct effect of suburban development near my home (and the herds of deer that have taken up residence in the ravine behind my house and spent one night devouring all of my landscaping!)
And while I’m not one to ‘rough it’ either, I realize that getting back to nature doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune at the outdoor store and drive for hours to set-up camp in some remote region of the country. Your own backyard can be the ideal campsite.
This Saturday (June 27), in fact, is the Great American Backyard Campout.
Conceived by the National Wildlife Federation, this is a day they have created to invite families to reconnect with nature and the outdoors, and remind us that we can manage life “with a little less”. You can set up tents, cookout over a fire pit, explore your surroundings, play flashlight tag, star gaze and our kids’ ever-favorite… gorge on S’mores! Shut down all the lights, computers and TVs in your house and even save a little electricity while you’re at it. (Indoor latrine, via flashlight, permitted of course!)
If you want to find out who’s camping nearby, or register your own outing, check out NWFs site for more information.
I think this is a great opportunity to join families all over the country in embracing everything the great outdoors has to offer. Now the only fear I have is waking up to find Bambi staring me in the face!
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