Why You Need A Campfire In Your Life
The Benefits of A Beloved Pastime
I didn’t understand the awesomeness of campfires until I was well into my twenties.
The first campfire that I ever built was perfectly built and I was super proud of myself!
The first with my husband was, also, exceptionally memorable.
Campfire talks can burn bright in your mind for decades,
and I know I’ll never forget all the hot dogs I’ve dropped off the grate!
Over the years, I’ve developed somewhat of an attachment to campfires
and find myself needing one when it’s been too long.
Why the Inferno Attachment?
Why The Rabid Addiction?
Because Campfires are awesomeness on a log, that’s why!
Read On For Just How Much Campfires Rock!
1. It’s Like Giving a Massage To Your Senses
Firstly, campfires affect all our sensory antenna.
You can feel the heat, watch the dancing flames, smell the wood burning and hear it crackling while you taste its smoke.
A fire on a beach is an incredible sensory experience!
It’s subconsciously all encompassing and that almost forces you to want to stay and be mesmerized.
2. No Two Are The Same
Campfires are sort of like us.
All as unique as snowflakes.
They differ in size, in duration, in how slow or fast the wood burns,
the strength of the wind, and the moisture in the air.
You may be alone for one, and surrounded by family the next,
creating different colorful memories,
like another time we arrived late and there was no firewood available.
(I tell this story ALL THE TIME, BTW)
We burned our tiki torches (I do not advise) and things we were able to find in the truck
(Dunkin Donuts bags for example).
Eric went off to find more.
I was hastily trying to cook burgers (our dinner) when I heard gunshots.
I began to worry that he’d been shot – miles off the main road in a Vermont state park
in bear country with no reception, after we’d both been drinking a tad on our honeymoon…
He returned intact, telling me that rangers were shooting to scare a bear out of the campground!
3. Campfire Food Is Ah-mazing!
Let’s not forget that Campfire food tastes fabulous!
You can’t recreate it on a propane grill or stovetop,
and the flavor and taste is unique to itself.
I find even simple things like hot dogs or scrambled eggs,
are better in cast iron over an open flame.
When I first cooked on a campfire, I wondered why I’d never done this before!
4. Teachable Moments For Kids
My kids have been camping most of their lives.
Which means, I’ve had most of their lives to teach them about campfire safety.
No running around the campfire, keep your distance, notice how wind and rain affect it,
how to keep it controlled, etc.
I’ve met plenty of kids who haven’t been around fire enough to learn how to behave responsibly around it.
There is never a time that you lower your vigilance with kids around a campfire,
but it’s a fraction more settling to know that they’ve been shown correctly.
5. Zombie Apocalypse
Not to mention – should there ever be a Zombie Apocalypse,
OR you get lost in the mountains and there is no electricity, running water, restaurants or shelters…
you’ll want to know how to build a fire.
Bonus: No Reason Necessary!
Lastly, there doesn’t HAVE to be a reason – Campfires just FEEL right!
They are warm and snuggly and there is nothing like beers around the fire with friends,
or family or your partner.
It’s one of those things that, in a world so consumed with technology and hybrid cars,
and politics and bills, tugs us just a bit back to nature,
and helps the stress quiet down for a minute.