Camping is a ton of work. You've got to pack up all of your stuff, fit it all into the car and be sure not to forget anything. Once to arrive at camp you've got to set up everything and of course you'll discover you forgot something important. After waking up from sleeping on the ground, you get to cook breakfast with dirty pans. Then you get to take it all down and fit it back into the car, but that's only half of it. Now you've got a pile of laundry, tons of dishes and maybe some gear to air out - what a mess.
A lot of people would ask why bother? Why put yourself through the pain and misery of family camping or car camping.
Here's my answer from a recent car camping trip I took with my family:
Seriously, all of my greatest childhood memories happened outdoors. That's why I work so hard to create those same types of experiences with my children. It's never as much work as you think it's going to be. It's always worth it for the fun times and the memories.
Do you agree? Why do you camp? Tell us in the comments below.
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.