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Old 07-07-2011, 03:45 PM
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bring Some Toys And Some Books To Read To Them. Also, Give Her Her Own Flashlight. Kids Love Flashlights.
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Oops. Him. Give him his own flashlight.
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Bug box - the plastic box with a magnifying lens on the lid. He'll find something with legs that has to be caught. Maybe not on this trip but soon.
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From Gavin to Drew: Dont be mean like Nathaniel....

Actualy I have no advice for you Drew. Sorry. Just enjoy seeing them all grow up.

Nathaniel to emily: "Dont go in the mud". Emily: Heads straight for the mud

Have a great weekend camping with the fam!

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I got Bridger a couple of new toys, a truck and bucket, for playing in the dirt for his first camping trip. Flashlight was also a hit. The new stuff was good for keeping his attention for times when I had to cook or set up the tent.

Biggest thing is not to over plan your activities. Everything is going to move slow will the little one.

We just spent 4 days camping over the 4th. Most of the time we just hung out in camp. Bridger made new friends with other kids. And it was nice to just lounge around and take it easy.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:49 AM
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Wow! This is great, thanks so much everyone!

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Sounds like you have a great plan already. I have nothing to add other than making sure to have some hot dogs and smores to roast over the campfire if there's no fire restrictions.
My boy loves fire... he's a boy isn't he!? We are planning s'mores for sure. And the ARB keeps ice cream cold for the family... mainly my

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Isn't that what camping with little ones is all about?

With that in mind, extra clothes and shoes are a very good thing to have. We usually pack 3 pairs of shoes and twice the clothes we think we'll need for each boy.
This was excellent, had thought of that thanks!

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Pack n play? Sometimes it's nice to put toddlers in a clean, safe place where they can be preoccupied while the parents are making dinner or trying to relax in their chairs and take a moment with each other.

x2 on bug juice, and rain/wet weather gear. And lots of extra clothes and warm clothes (for both Dax and Stacey).
We are planning on a pack and play and air matress for us since we have a HUGE family tent. We will make one side (screen porch thingy) the dining/play room.

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We have a huge tent that we bought just so we could haul a pack n play for our little ones. Now they have camped so much that they have no memories of their first time sleeping in a sleeping bag.

Bring some toys and some books to read to them. Also, give her her own flashlight. Kids love flashlights.
Good call, Dax loves all things that glow or light up, I gave him a glow stick for the 4th and he was still carrying it around this morning (its been dead for two days!)

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Partial hijack! Any suggestions for good car/family camping spots
within an hour or 2 drive from Boulder? RMNP is great but often
booked way in advance. I've yet to find a great car-accessible site
in the Indian Peaks - but I know there are some there somewhere.

Rezarf: thanks again for dropping off the bench seat. As others have
said: lots of hand wipes, more warm clothes than you think you'll need,
try to get everyone to treat it as an adventure rather than just like
home...

-Phrog
Paul, great to see you yesterday bud! Look up on the peak to peak at the Pleasent Valley/Camp Dick campgound area. There are a few park and camps along some of the roads in that area. If you are taking your 100 then Rollins Pass is nice with lot of pull off spots. However, there is a bit of OHV traffic with quads and bikes, but nothing that would discourage me from going there. Its just outside Nederland.

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Bug box - the plastic box with a magnifying lens on the lid. He'll find something with legs that has to be caught. Maybe not on this trip but soon.
Awesome idea. He might be a little young but thats on my to do list in the future for sure now, thanks!

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Biggest thing is not to over plan your activities. Everything is going to move slow will the little one.

We just spent 4 days camping over the 4th. Most of the time we just hung out in camp. Bridger made new friends with other kids. And it was nice to just lounge around and take it easy.
This is the goal of our adventure, have fun, hang as a family.
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Cub Lake is a great hike, a favority with my We also did a Bear Lake hike with snowshoes, the first lake is really close to the parking lot so you don't have to walk far with the little guy.
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I'd stay away from Bear Lake in the park. Its a circus. have to ride a bus to get there. Tons of people. Having a spot where you can bail out if need be without relaying on a park service shuttle will be better with the kid. There are endless options as far as hiking on the east side. Pick something out of the way and don't focus on a destination. Just hike until you think you should turn back to keep everyone happy.
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I took Dax on his first hike last weekend, and he did great. He is just over 2... but he hiked the 1/2 mile trail on his own power. We climbed rocks, looked for bears, and chased a squirrel. I whittled a walking stick for him which seemed to be his highlight.

FWIW, it took an hour! Followed by a trip to the playground.
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Hikes where there is lots of water. Wild Basin is good. Actually Middle St Vrain is really good because it is pretty flat and shaded. My kids always like Ceran St Vrain too.

The time thing is funny. If you're watching the clock with a kid at a creek, you're gonna be stressed. I remember when mine were little we stopped at the first spot near a creek and threw enough rocks to change the flow of the river. Never got out of sight of the car (like Texans) and were "hiking" for two hours.
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