What do "smart kids" do when camping? Absolutely the same things as any normal kids - running around playing tag for hours, snacking on sweets, making s'mores, crashing down for a little bit to read or play a board game, then running again. Parents enjoyed hanging out around the fire and talking about all kinds of things - from school choices to how close we are to true artificial intelligence.
The trip was a lot of fun... except it was bitter cold. We are having an unseasonably cool spring, and the temperature in the coastal mountains did not rise over 60 all day long. The kids did not seem to mind most of the time, especially since they were moving around a lot, but I kept wishing for more layers. We were jealous of families with campers and had a discussion on whether having a trailer would enable/encourage us to go camping more often, but... honestly, I'd rather go on overnight trips that don't involve packing, unpacking, sleeping on the ground, and figuring out what to cook. I don't mind an occasional camping trip, but I just don't see us going often enough to justify an investment into a trailer and a more powerful car that would be needed to pull it. Perhaps we can rent a small RV for our next camping trip.
How often do you go camping with your family?