One of my earliest memories is road-tripping and camping along the California coast or through the Sequoias with my family every summer. I used to get so excited when we packed our bikes, swimsuits and snacks into our family airstream to prepare for a long ride. In my opinion, one of the best things California has to offer (aside from beautiful weather) is all the National and State Parks. I recall visiting all of them multiple times growing up. I have very fond memories of helping my dad set up camp, going on family hikes and closing out the day with s'mores by the campfire.
Camping to me is now a way to escape the hustle and bustle of living in a busy city, and it has always been a way for me to take a step back to reconnect with myself. Whether I'm hiking all day, adventuring through a new park, or relaxing and getting buried in a good book, I find that being outside in nature is a way for me to recharge. It's also now a way for me to bond with my close friends and family.
My family and I still camp a few times a year, now with additional members - my partner, my sister-in-law, my niece, and my nephew (and with additional tents). It's so special seeing our family grow and witnessing another generation enjoy the same things that my parents and I have enjoyed for so many years.