Its almost August. For some August is just another month. For me it’s a month that represents family vacation and a lot of memories. Every year now, for more than fifteen years, my family has gone on a camping vacation in upstate New York. I go partially for the family tradition, partially for my Dad, partially to watch the NASCAR race, and partially for the trip. I have memories of camping with my family and some of my brothers, as well as my husband and my own children, going back for many years. During the day we could all relax, sightsee in the area, swim, go to the racetrack, relax, whatever. At night everyone could sit around the campfire, talk, and make S’Mores. This year is a little bittersweet, as my brother LB2 can’t be there. He isn’t just one of my younger brothers, he’s my friend. And every year now for a good ten years, my brother has handled the campfire on our annual family camping trip.
Early each evening he gets the campfire started.
By nightfall the campfire is burning steadily.
This is the time when everyone relaxes and unwinds.
And of course we make S’Mores. What’s a camping trip or a campfire without S’Mores?!
The other day my oldest son and I were talking about our upcoming trip. Despite the fact that the size of my extended family is smaller I’m still going. My brother LB2 is hoping that he and his family will be able to join next year. In the mean time we’ll do what you’re supposed to do around a campfire. Talk and laugh, share memories, remember memories and make new memories. When I think of our family campfires, memories come flooding back. Hunting for perfect sticks for making S’Mores in the dark, because we hadn’t thought to do it in the light. My brother mooning us. Me mooning my brother. Campfires so large that they burned through the night. My oldest son getting scolded and told to go to his room, to which he replied “it’s not a room it’s a camper”. Late night Walmart runs down a mountain to buy more Hershey’s so we could make more S’Mores. (Speaking of more Hershey’s, did you know that Hershey’s makes more than 500 million Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars a year!) Talking smack about our favorite race drivers. Talking about our hopes and dreams for the future. This year will be a little bittersweet but on the other hand it isn’t forever, and we can remember all of the past years campfires and the memories from them. See the campfire doesn’t last forever, but the memories do.
We don’t have a fire pit or anything in our yard so we tried an experiment this week – Micro S’Mores. Microwave the usual ingredients for 15-20 seconds. It isn’t perfect but it did the trick and gave us the S’Mores flavor we had on our mind after the talk of all of the campfire memories. We’ll be making them the proper way in a little over a week.
Hershey’s is hosting CAMP BONDFIRE on their Facebook page throughout the summer. Now through September 7, S’mores fans nationwide can visit CAMP BONDFIRE at the Hershey’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hersheys), an interactive Facebook application where families will discover new ways to “bond” around the campfire and create S’mores-inspired memories all summer long. CAMP BONDFIRE will also offer weekly tips, stories and activities focused on a variety of themes and encourage fans to join the fun by registering to be a “Camper of the Week” for a chance to win outdoor prizes like a backyard fire pit. Campers can also capture their own memories and share their photos in the Fireside Memory Book at CAMP BONDFIRE. While on the Hershey’s FAcebook page S’Mores lovers will be happy to find a printable $1 off coupon towards their next purchase of two packages of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars.
Does your family ever gather around a campfire and make S’Mores? Do you have a favorite memory?
This post is part of my participation in the HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE campaign with The Motherhood. As always any personal opinions expressed are my own.