Day 1,966 – Thankful for Camping with My Boys and Sleeping Outdoors, Even When It’s -5f

The temperature yesterday was a little chilly. The lowest I saw was -5 degrees with the windchill dropping the feel to about -16. A little cool, but nothing to get in the way of having a great time in the woods with my boys. We went for an outing with Scouts and the cold air only added to the fun and memorableness. We also learned a few lessons along the way, like the fact that butane tanks don’t like to stay pressurized in the extreme cold… and that the tanks can be warmed up to the right temperature by putting them against your chest inside a pair of bibs and jacket with a couple of hand warmers for about 15-20 minutes.

I’m always grateful for time in the woods with my family. Sharing my happy place with those I love is amongst my favorite activities. Whether camping, hiking, traveling, snowshoeing, running, or anything – time outside in nature with my family is always rewarding, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate or is less than ideal.

Last night we laughed, enjoyed time together, and stayed warm. While I rested in my solo tent with a double layer of tarps and a triple sleeping bag set up I kept smiling while listening to the laughing coming from the boys’ tent next to me. They were joking around and goofing off just the way kids are supposed to. Doing it outside in crazy weather made it all the more perfect. Times together like this will hopefully continue to instill a passion for time in the wilderness for both of them.

Not gonna lie, at one point it got so warm I had to unzip my sleeping bags and cool off!


3 thoughts on “Day 1,966 – Thankful for Camping with My Boys and Sleeping Outdoors, Even When It’s -5f

  1. I ran across this post because I follow “camping” – how awesome you get to do this with your boys. IMO there’s no better thing you can do with your kids. I have a son; he’s soon to be 16. We started camping together when he was in the Cub Scouts and got pretty deeply into it, eventually taking up backpacking. He’s pretty busy right now with percussion for various groups at the high school, but this spring I’m hoping we’ll be out on the trail and in the woods again! Anyhow, I enjoyed reading this and a couple of your other recent posts.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Scott, I appreciate it. I’m glad to hear you’ve also had the opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors camping with your son! Some of the best moments with my boys have come from time in the outdoors. Thanks again for visiting my blog Scott 🙂

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      1. You bet! Any time I see a dad or mom or uncle/whomever out there with their kids I just think it’s awesome. It’s such a great bonding and character-building experience for everyone. I think it’s helped my wife and daughter too, getting us guys out of the house!

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