Monday, September 16, 2013


This past weekend we took our first camping trip of the summer. I know, it's fall already! I don't know where the summer went, but I am glad that we finally made it out. We had a fabulous site right by the lake and we enjoyed a peaceful Friday evening settling in to our camping spot.
 The big kids were excited to be sleeping in their own tent. Maybe next time Kassidy will get to sleep in "her" tent too.

 The view from our camp site.

 Our camp site while it was still dry! There were only a handful of other families at this particular campground so it was pretty quiet.

 The kids all loved the red leaves on the sumac.

 Looking for frogs while on a hike.

 Up, up and away! We completed some very hilly trails! We ended up hiking about 7-8 miles over the weekend.

 Walking sticks made everything better and they may have been using them as magic wands to "poof" their siblings into different objects.

 As you can see Kassidy is in her final summer of using the hiking pack. I can't believe how big she is getting! She walked most of the time, but when she fell too far behind the big kids she would want to hitch a ride with Shawn or I to catch up.

 Our Saturday ended up being very rainy, but we managed to cook lunch before the 8 hours of rain started. Totes make great tables while eating in our tent. The kids did a great job entertaining themselves for the 6 hours we tried to wait out the rain, but we finally gave up and headed back home to sleep for the night. The park ended up getting 3 inches of rain.

 On Sunday morning after sleeping soundly in our own beds we headed back up to Maplewood and did some hiking, geocaching and met with some families from our church for a picnic.

 The kids loved geocaching!

Despite the rain we enjoyed our camping trip and the time we could spend together as a family. I'm hoping we'll find a weekend to rent one of the state park cabins this fall. And I hope to include all the things on our "do not forget list" that we made for the next time we go camping. :)

1 comment:

  1. That looks like so much fun! (Minus the rain!) Hopefully the kids and I can talk Eric into taking us camping sometime this fall!