I think the thing I loved most about camping when I was a kid was that we were all together and not all being pulled in separate directions by different social calendars. I knew that, for that time we were camping, the family would be the main focus. I loved it!
So, we created memories this past weekend. We declared it an electronics free weekend, so all iPods, iPads, MP3 players, laptops, etc. were banned! Hallelujah! Nobody was holed up in the camper with ear buds shoved in their ears :-)
The four hour drive up to the great North was worth it. We were rewarded with lovely weather, great scenery and superb ice cream. Btw, for those of you wandering around the Itasca State Park area, Emmasville has great ice cream! I would HIGHLY encourage all of you to wander around Itasca State Park sometime. It is a beautiful park with lots and lots to see and do, the high point being walking across the Mississippi River at its headwaters, of course. The fire tower gives you a great view of the park as well, but your thighs will ache for about three days afterwards :-(
Okay, now for some photos!
A little sibling love
The mandatory hike across the Mississippi River. My earliest childhood memory is of doing this very thing when I was about four or five
Potential Christmas photo
Nina, looking beautiful even when she hasn't showered in days
Teasing the little fish off the dock
Hanging with Aidan in the morning sun
Lots of hiking
Riding to the beach in Uncle Peter's truck
Gotta love Jiffy Pop Popcorn!
The happy campers
Actually, there were hardly any mosquitoes the entire time we were there, which is why we didn't put on bug spray when we went for a hike on Sunday...big mistake...but I sacrificed my legs so that the mosquitoes wouldn't bite the rest of the people...I'm still scratching...ouch!