Hi Everyone, My name is Cynthia and I live in NJ. You could say I am "new" to the outdoors as of 5 years ago. I started camping with my daughter and fell in love with it. My favorite things to do are camping, hiking, and SUP. I absolutely love my REI kingdom 6 tent and have been eyeing the REI kingdom cot (I have been eyeing it for years, lol). My hiking in NJ is pretty limited because we don't have steep mountains or hills. The hikes are more like a walk on a path. I took up SUP about 1.5 years ago and I find it so relaxing. I am really excited to be a part of this community and get to know you!!
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I give my daughter credit for instilling a love of the outdoors. I grew up in an urban area close to NYC. Growing up, camping for us was going to a cheap hotel if we needed a place to stay. I grew up deathly afraid of bugs and any spooky creatures that could get me while I was outside. When my daughter was born, I was having a tough time coping with my new normal. As she got a little older (about 3) I decided that I wanted to travel but not leave my dog behind and not worry that my daughter was going to be too loud, thus getting us kicked out. I took the plunge and bought an REI Kingdom 6 tent. I instantly fell in love with camping. It is a lot of work and the convenience of some things are missing, but my goodness I felt free. There is something about being outdoors that feels liberating. Additionally, till this day my daughter doesn't ever ask for TV or an iPad when we are out camping. Instead she prefers to play outside and make up games. Seeing her happy in this element has made me fall in love with the outdoors so much more. She is now 8 and I am trying to get her into SUP and hiking. She hasn't taken to those yet, but I won't stop trying!!
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