I admit, I was a bit skeptical. Comfort camping? Look. When I camp, I plan on flossing with pine needles for that pine-fresh morning breath, whittling a knife to catch my dinner, sleeping on a pillow stuffed with bear fur and sipping coffee with bugs in it. Wait. Coffee?
That’s just one of the luxuries suggested by my wife on this comfort camping trip over Memorial Day Weekend in Idyllwild, just a little over an hour from San Diego.
Again- I was skeptical. Don’t you go camping to escape the luxuries of modern man? Grow grizzly fur on your face? Live off the land and contemplate true necessities, swearing you’ll sell all your possessions when you get back to that concrete jungle?
That is, until I had that first sip of french pressed coffee with Bailey’s in the morning, sitting on a stump while surrounded by towering pines. This IS a camping need- along with skillets of seasoned broccoli and potatoes with chicken in a red wine reduction, or slipping into a cozy sleeping bag resting on top of an air mattress, or venturing into a local town to grab some ice cream (WITH sprinkles)- these are true camping delights.
We spent an amazing weekend breathing cool, fresh air, exhaling and feeling exhilarated in the great outdoors. While we were surrounded by mountain peaks and awe-inspiring views, we enjoyed our own little luxuries and truly camped in comfort. Whether slowly pressing the coffee or delicately balancing kindle to start a fire, we exchanged glances and knowing smiles. We both felt genuinely content and alive in recognizing that this comfort camping excursion was the perfect blend of our passions- the outdoors and the little “wants” that bring smiles to our faces throughout the day.