My mom is a birdwatcher. She grew up in Louisiana and raised me and my sister here as well. We went hiking and camping a lot, and sometimes she'd coerce us into bird-watching.
Of course when we were little, we were all like 'this is boring, mom'. It wasn't until I was older that I learned to listen. I learned to be still. To exist in the moment. To be silent and alert, so you start to notice things - rare things - that you never ever see at first glance. You have to be quiet enough to let wildlife be comfortable around you.
It's fun to see a bird and then find it in a guide
I came to love this book
“I learned to be still and see things you can't see at first.”
The adults sleep in 1 tent and kids sleep in another. Trust me, trust me, trust me. This is a must, as it adds a layer of privacy and space for both generations. Also, even the biggest tents get crampy so you're better off with 2 4-person tents for a family of 4.
One of the things I love most about camping is how completely dark it is when the sun goes down. I love being able to see the Milky Way, you know? It's so surreal and peaceful. But (of course there's a 'but')...