|Bosses took their first foster dog, Cody, with them camping last fall. He loved it!|
|Camping is even better when you can find fall colors, too!|
|Easy access to trails from the campground makes finding beautiful scenery convenient and fun!|
- Drive-in campsites: Ever see that commercial from Staples with the "Easy" button? You could press it in this instance. Drive-in campsites are fun, easy, and you can bring anything that will fit in your car! Mom and Dad "car camp" frequently, since it's easier to do with a young puppy- plus, when you're done cooking, you just throw the cooler/dishes/campsite into your trunk. That way, you don't have to worry about little critters (and bigger ones, like bears...) getting into your stuff!
- Cart-in campsites: A little more work than a drive-in, since you have to pack all your belongings into a plywood cart to bring to your campsite. You have to pack a little more efficiently (like...putting your sleeping bags into compression sacks), but we love them.
- Walk-in campsites: Mom and Dad tried this a few months back, and had no problems. No cart provided, but the campsite is pretty close to the parking lot, and you have to carry all your things in. Not too hard, but again, the efficiency factor is there- you have to pack everything lightly and in as few bags as possible to prevent yourself from going back to the car multiple times. But...the car is there, and it's not a huge deal.
- Backpack Sites: Our family hasn't tried this yet!!! Mom and Dad tried to go on a backpacking trip in the fall, but weddings/family/work/etc got in the way :( So, we're working on a backpacking trip for next summer. We'll report back when we experience it!
|All I ask for in a campsite? Lots of water nearby. Boy, do I love water.|
4. Who we're going with. Let's face it- everyone is busy! If we go with our friends, it's tough to find a weekend when no one is working or doing other things that prevent them from camping (how dare they?!). Also, their whereabouts affect which park we camp at. Our friends whom we camp with a lot live about an hour and a half away from us (and in the complete opposite direction of the North Shore), so we try to pick campsites that are within reasonable driving distances of both of us. Not only does it affect where we camp, it also depends on what kind of campsite we get- a roomy campsite with the capability of multiple tents is also nice. Minnesota's DNR website is great, because they give you all the specifications of each campsite, and most times will give you an actual picture of the site. Now that is convenience!
What kinds of things do you look for in a campsite? I'd love to get more input so we can find more amazing places to explore!
|Just getting out of the river...The rocks up by the North Shore are pretty "intents", wouldn't you say? ;-)|