A $12 Night!

This last weekend my husband packed up his Westfalia camper van, snagged his willing wife (me!), and headed 45 minutes up the road to a beautiful campsite.

There we dry-camped (no hook-ups!) and enjoyed 24 hours of togetherness.

Quiet time & nature

Reading by the fire


But most of all, we enjoyed our time away from the kids!

I’m always surprised when I hear that a couple has never left their kids. And I do understand that everyone has different values, but for my husband and me – we want to make sure when our kids leave our nest, that we still like each other. Actually, that we still love each other’s company and prioritize our relationship.

We’ve always felt comfortable leaving our kids with family and friends. We come back more energized as parents, encouraged, refreshed and relaxed.

We ate lunch before we left, walked to a small cafe up from our campsite for dinner, brought pre-cooked scrambled eggs with turkey sausage and Dubliner cheese on top for breakfast, along with strawberries from our garden.

And of course Starbucks coffee and our trusty French-press coffee maker. That we never leave home without, because there is nothing like a campfire and coffee, a book, good company and the brisk morning air! And just knowing that we are both there – sitting in silence as we read.

As I clamped the piece of paper on the post by the campsite stating we did indeed pay our $12 for the spot, I realized how blessed I am to have a husband who loves the outdoors. A husband who doesn’t feel the need to spend a ton of money to find happiness.

Our $12 night’s rate was perfect and it was just what we parents needed, two nights before the school year was to begin.

When was the last time you got away with your husband?

33 comments on “A $12 Night!”

  1. Are you iin Southern Oregon? I use to live in Ashland, Phoenix and now live in Phoenix AZ. I miss it so much. We still have family there and visit often.

  2. Looks fun!

  3. I love this idea! My husband hates camping so it probably wouldn’t be what he would chose but it sounds right up my alley!

    My husband and I do weekly date nights but rarely get away overnight. I guess about once a year we take a 2 night vacation away without kids. It is nice :)

  4. awe Sandy way to keep priorities straight! Looks like you two had a really sweet time… :) :) :)
    Love it— and that van is rad! :)
    *peace to ya!

  5. I just wondered onto your blog…it’s so delightful! Love your camping trip! The photos are so perfect!

    …The Love Shack…that’s the best!


  6. Looks like fun! My husband and I try really hard to have “time away” as well. We actually have a trip coming up in a few weeks and even though it’s a work related trip, I’m looking forward to the 7 hour drive we will have together in the car and dinner just the two if us. It is SO important to prioritize time together, however and wherever it is.

  7. Oh I so agree with you about getting away with your hubby.
    I fell in love with my hubby laying under the stars and that is where we seem to rekindle our romance, looking up at the stars from our campsite. Just watching the sky explode with them is time well spent. And you know that you have slowed down enough to reconnect!
    I blogged about Our Rolling Romantic Home.
    Maybe one day all of us camping lovers will meet!

  8. Thanks for the reminder! My husband and I get away twice a year just the two of us. My parents watch the boys and we reconnect. It is something that I look forward to every year. When we started, we just went a few miles away for 2 nights. Now that he travels extensively, we have lots of free hotel points and airline miles so we go a little further. However, the goal is the same. Enjoying my husband and making him priority and my complete focus which is hard to do with young children underfoot.

    Have a great school year!

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