This weekend my husband and I went camping at the Trail of Tears State Forest in southern Illinois. I used to take my boys camping all the time when I was single. It was a great way to spend good quality time with them and a great way to teach them and myself to enjoy the simple things in life. Once I married my husband, who has 5 kids, we stopped camping. That was 15 years ago. I was shocked when on our last trip to South Dakota, Tim, my husband said he wanted to go camping! I was instantly on board. Within 2 weeks we had all the gear and a trip planned. No backing out of that one! LOL. Well the trip was a success. We battled all the camping nightmares like high temperatures and rain like champs. We ate like kings, cooking over our camp fire. Napping in a hammock is a MANDATORY! when camping. LOL Humongous Mushroom we saw while taking a walk one day. Check out the daddy long-legs on the bottom part of the mushroom.The forest is full of crazy things. We would sit by the fire at night watching the bats swoop out of the trees. I had forgotten about those. We woke up the first night to the coyotes howling and tons and tons of birds singing. We also heard an owl on our last night that sounded like he was very close. And here is the picture of the infamous Black Widow Spider. He had caught a wasp and was having him for lunch so he wasn't a threat to us. Plus I figure we are in his territory not the other way around so he didn't get squashed.
P.S. if you are looking for a great tent...the Instant Tent from Coleman is AWESOME! Sets up and takes down in a just a minute!