Big Woods State Park – Hidden Falls

Big Woods State Park – Hidden Falls

On October 25th we welcomed our daughter, Rowan Margaret, into our family. We could not have been more excited to have her join our family. Unfortunately, my postpartum recovery took much longer then anticipated. Physically I was fine within a couple of weeks, mentally was a whole other issue. I was struggling in every respect. I was convinced that it was simply my hormones trying to balance out after having given birth. Bobby was convinced something else was going on, and held my hand while taking me to see my midwife and discuss the possibility of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety.…

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North Country Trail: Grand Sable Lake to Grand Marais, MI

North Country Trail: Grand Sable Lake to Grand Marais, MI

For our final day of vacation my parents gave us the enormous gift of watching Jack for a few hours so we could have a solo hike. We haven’t hiked together and without Jack since he was 11 months old. We had already done some exploring of the incredibly scenic Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with Jack along and were now faced with a morning off. We decided to hike a short section of the North Country Trail (NCT), a 4,600 mile trail that stretches across seven states and runs clear through this National Lakeshore. The section we chose was the very…

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Presque Isle Waterfall Loop

Presque Isle Waterfall Loop

We had time for just one big hike while we were staying at the beautiful Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan. We read up on hikes in the area and found helpful information on the Porcupine Mountains webpage. We decided that since Jack is so into waterfalls the best hike for us would be the Presque Isle Waterfalls hike, which includes not one, not two, but THREE waterfall viewing areas! To get to the hike we were faced with a rather long drive! This park is huge (just under 60,000 acres) and we were camping at the opposite end…

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Big Bay State Park

Big Bay State Park

Big Bay State Park is located on Madeline Island, one of 22 of the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. The park has 62 campsites (51 are reservable) with 15 being electrical, 38 standard tent sites, 2 group sites, and 7 walk-in sites. Water taps, a shower building, many privies, and garbage cans are sprinkled around the campground. The campsites are beautiful with ample vegetative screening and are generally quite large. The site we ended up with (#25) was a little narrow but very long. The park has a large picnic area, a little over 7 miles of hiking trails, and 3.5…

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Gilla Cliff Dwellings

Gilla Cliff Dwellings

Our final day of touring around the beautiful state of New Mexico had arrived. We would begin the long drive home the following day. Bobby had read of the amazing National Monument, the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Tucked into the cliffside along the Gila River are the stone structures where a group of several families from the Mogollon Tribe, roughly 20-30 people according to the volunteer ranger we spoke to, lived in the late 1200s. Bobby was drawn to this site for multiple reasons. Primarily, things like pictographs and ancient dwellings are intriguing, mysterious, and wonderful to view. Secondly, the road…

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Our stay at the Carlsbad KOA was supposed to be coming to an end but I couldn’t help but feel disappointed that we weren’t going to be visiting Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We were only 75 miles away and it felt wrong to be that close to a National Park and miss out on it. We decided to squish two days together further along in our itinerary and stay an extra day at the KOA, thereby making the day trip to Guadalupe a reality! We drove the hour and twenty minutes to the national park. Jack had fallen asleep on…

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Sitting Bull Falls

Sitting Bull Falls

We had been driving A LOT for the past 7 days so we opted for a hike, recommended by many, that was only 40 minutes from our campground. After driving down a winding desert road for 20 miles or so we arrived at the day use area within Lincoln National Forest, found at the end of the road. We were the first car in the parking lot! The park opens at 8:30am and closes to incoming traffic at 4:00 and outgoing traffic at 5:00. This is strictly enforced with gates and a tire shredder. The day-use area is $5 per…

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

I had read of Carlsbed Caverns in Nevada Barr’s mystery novel, Blind Descent. Her descriptions of the caverns intrigued me and had me dreaming of visiting there someday. As we were planning a two week road trip to the southwest, so as to escape the frigid Minnesota winter temperatures, I knew Carlsbad Cavern National Park had to be on our “Must-See” list. Driving while hauling our newly purchased Lance 1575 travel trailer along with traveling with a rambunctious toddle meant that our daily progress wasn’t nearly as fast as we had planned. We were a day behind schedule right off…

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Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park

While we were in Maine we had hoped to summit the state’s tallest peak, Mount Katahdin (elevation 5,268 feet). This tall point didn’t seem an improbable summit for us to reach. Jack has reached higher elevations with longer trails several times before. However, while researching the trails we soon learned that children under the age of six aren’t allowed above the tree line at Baxter State Park, where the trail and mountain are located. We tried our best to research the rule online but decided a phone call to the park might be our best bet. We had read a…

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Cadillac to Dorr Mountain

Cadillac to Dorr Mountain

Our first day at Acadia National Park we decided to do two hikes, one in the morning along the Ocean Path Trail and one in the afternoon. We drove, along with hundreds of other tourists to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the tallest point in Acadia National Park at 1,530 feet. We were miraculously able to find parking in the main, and topmost parking lot. There, we geared up. It must’ve looked odd to the hoards of tourists as we donned day packs and our hiking boots and left the main trail. Many people stick to the tiny, paved, and well…

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