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Snapshots from our camping trip in Voyager's National Park

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I am just settling back at home after a weeklong camping trip with the kids in Voyager's National Park.  In the middle of the winter, I made a reservation for 7 nights on Burnt Island on Sandpoint Lake hoping to time the experience with good weather and ripe blueberries.  We lucked out with both and our experience camping on an island for a week was amazing.  Enjoy these snapshots from our trip and be delighted by the beauty and bounty of this beautiful area of Northern Minnesota:
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What an adventure!


Snapshots From the Wild West

Our family has just returned from a family adventure out west.  As soon as school was out we loaded up our camper trailer and went on the road, following the path of a route that we has planned over our long winter.

Our travels took us to the following places:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, South Dakota

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Medicine Rocks State Park, Montana

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Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming

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Mount Rushmore National Monument, South Dakota

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Custer State Park, South Dakota

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Wind Caves National Park, South Dakota

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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This was an amazing family adventure!

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*We saved a lot of money this year with the National Park Service Every Kid in a Park Fourth Grade Pass.  Our fourth grader was at the perfect age for this trip and was really able to take a lot in from the learning associated with our adventures at the Visitor Centers and programming.   Throughout our trip our kids participated and extended their experiences with the Junior Ranger activities at the National Parks we visited as well.  I highly recommend taking advantage of these opportunities if you are planning travels to U.S. National Parks.

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**If you have any questions about our trip, post them in the comments, I will do my best to respond.


North Shore Weekend

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We started our summer by exploring the south shore of Lake Superior and we culminated our summer break with a weekend in Grand Marais, MN enjoying the North Shore.  .  We were able to relax, explore and get away together for one last hurrah before we start transitioning to going back to school We hope to get out on a few more adventures this fall, but with school and sports our travels are likely to slow down a bit.   It has been a wonderful summer, spending lots of time making memories with the kids and enjoying time out doors exploring new and familiar places.


Last Day - Michigan Vacation

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The night of our family vacation was spent at a harbor town a little closer to home - Duluth, MN.  We pushed through Wisconsin on a day that the heat reached close to 90 degrees.  We were going to stay in Ashland, Wisconsin, but the idea of spending an afternoon in the camper with hot and crabby kids did not sound like our cup of tea - so drove on and found a place to stay on Park Point in Duluth.  We were tourists in Canal Park with a different perspective watching ships going under the ariel lift bridge that could have been in other harbor towns on our trip.  

All in all we had a wonderful vacation!  


A trip to the shore

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We just returned from a long-weekend getaway to Grand Marais.   We loaded up the old deer-shack camper and hauled it to the shore for a fall weekend camping trip.   We had lovely weather and we all spent a lot of time outdoors exploring this unique little harbor town and some of the surrounding woodland areas.   There were lots of activities and events that were geared to vacationing families during this weekend's "Moose Madness" family festival.  We took part in a lot of the fun including:  swimming at the YMCA (that has a waterslide!), a city-wide medallion hunt and the Family & Intergenerational Weekend at the North House Folk School (stay tuned for a post about the folk school activities.)

Lots of fun!