Beach Camping is the Best Camping

by - Monday, May 14, 2018

Hi friends. Sorry I fell off the face of the Earth there for a while. I got sick a couple of weeks ago and spent a lot of time on my sofa eating chicken noodle soup. The cough is still hanging around a few weeks later and with allergies leaving my throat scratchy on the regular, I pretty much have not been doing a whole lot in the way of workouts in May.

But despite my sickness/allergies, I packed a bag (full of allergy medication and cough syrup) and headed to the beach for the weekend.

Is there a better place on Earth than the beach? If there is, I don't know what it is.

We got really lucky with the weather both Friday and Saturday. It was warm during the days and got nice and cool at night, which was perfect since we were camping.

We camped at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware, which is about 8 miles up the road from where my family normally vacations.

The park itself was pretty awesome. They have a beach you can lounge on (obviously my favorite part of the trip), a place to rent kayaks and SUPs, a place with free bike rentals and tons of paved bike paths and some trails in the woods for walking.

Fort Miles is also located in the park and you can take a tour of one of the underground bunkers used during World War II. The tour was pretty cool and a fun way to mix up our camping activities.


Our first night there we grilled dinner over the campfire and made smores, but the second night, we decided to head into town and grab dinner and ice cream on the boardwalk. It was the perfect mix of a camping trip and a beach trip. 


I've never done beach camping before, but after this trip, I think it's by far the best kind of camping around.

  1. First, you're at the beach, which as declared above is the best place on Earth.
  2. The ground is pretty flat, which is ideal for tent camping since you don't have to worry about tree roots or rocks jabbing you in the back while sleeping.
  3. You don't really have to worry about being eaten by a bear at the beach like you do when you camp in the woods.
  4. You're not that far from civilization -- so if you forget something (like we did), you aren't very far away from a place to buy what you need.
The only downside I discovered was that when a fierce summer thunderstorm rolls in at night while you're camping, your only option is to sleep in your car. The last place you want to be is in a tent where a tree could call down and crush you.

That's what we had to do Saturday night when one of those thunderstorms hit. Initially the radar made it seem like the storm would pass by midnight, but when we woke up at 2 a.m. it was still storming. Things eventually calmed by 3 a.m., so we dug the tent back out of the car and set it up again and slept the rest of the night in the tent. It was not the best night's sleep I've ever had, but I was just grateful to not have to spend the whole night sleeping in the car.

Honestly, it didn't put that much of a damper on the weekend, and this quick beach trip made me so excited for my longer beach trip later this summer.

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