Posted by: kwa0430 | June 17, 2009

Smiling Turtles

Jane and I have rediscovered a new pastime; camping. Years ago we both used to camp, but we’ve never camped together. A couple of weekends ago we were looking at different State parks to visit where we could do some hiking. We like to start hiking early in the morning so that would have meant we would need to leave at 5:30 or 6:00 to be able to be on the trails by 8:00. So, along with looking for parks, we looked into hotel rooms so that we wouldn’t need to drive there and back in the same day.

Home away from homeAfter deciding that getting a hotel room would simply be too expensive to do on a regular basis, we talked about camping. Off we went to “look” at tents. Well, needless to say, we didn’t just look and now, for less than the cost of a weekend away staying in a hotel, we have a tent and all the gear we need.

Willow FallsOur first camping adventure was from 06/12 to 06/14 at Willow River State Park in WI. Deciding to start camping was one of the best things we have done. We loved the weekend. We left straight from work on Friday and had the camp set up and dinner finished by 6:00. Saturday was a full day of hiking through the park, finishing around 2:00 in the afternoon; just in time for a nap. We woke up and started dinner….noting like steak done over an open fire!

Sunset on Little Falls LakeAfter dinner we headed out to watch the sunset. We would have missed this opportunity if we had stayed in a hotel or drove back home. There was so much to see (deer, birds and even a turtle that seemed to smile for the camera) and there is nothing like falling asleep to the sound of a breeze rusting through the trees or waking up to the sound of woodpeckers and chirping birds. And I had forgotten how good coffee tastes when made in a camp percolator. Ahhhhh.

Spotted along the trailWe have a few more trips planned for this summer and really look forward to getting away as often as possible. There is just something that is soooooo relaxing when you’re out camping. One of our trips will be when Nick gets here for his summer visit. We’re going to head up to Itasca so he can see the starting point of the Mississippi. We’ll probably go to at least one other palce while he’s here.

The only thing that sucks about camping is when you have to break camp. The is a finality to it that can’t be escaped. It brings a definite end to the weekend that just seems so….abrupt. It was really hard to leave the site and gear up for the week ahead. If only the rest of the week could be as peaceful as the weekend.

Well, that’s it for now.




  1. Maybe our next get-together should be a camping trip. Now that we go to church on Sunday evenings, our weekends are more free for getting out of town.

  2. A camping trip sounds great. The only problem will be finding a weekend when you and Brett are free and finding somewhere with 2 sites together. It’s already difficult to find a single site unless you look out towards the end of August (depending on the park)

    K 🙂

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