The family and I are finally back from our first big camping adventure of the season and it was AMAZING!
We had quite the camping caravan with three campers either pulling ATV's or a trailer full of kayaks - - it was a sight when we pulled into the campground I'm sure but that's ok. Along with my family, my mom, dad and brother along with my sister and her family joined our camping kick-off in Hayward, WI.
We had perfect weather the whole time. Not too hot, not too cold with only one morning of light rain.
We packed as much as possible into each and every day it was hard to stay awake around the campfire each evening to enjoy it. We biked, swam, shopped, kayaked, ATV'd and had plenty of "catching up time".
The one activity we enjoy the most and look forward to all year long is ATV'ing. The trails in the area are amazing and seem endless. Sometime we go on short hour rides and other times we'll pack a lunch and head out for a long four hour ride.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with ATV'ing here's a quick review of one of our short rides.
First, you hop on one of these . . .
With your trusty map in hand. . .
And follow the signs . . .
Down trails like these . . .
Through mile after mile of forest . . .
Along the way you're sure to find something interesting to look at like a deer and sometimes a bear or two.
Most of the time it's things like this . . .
Or this . . .
And much to my delight, sometimes we pass a farmers field filled with adorable cows . . .
Mom and I are always on the look out for pretty flowers and such like these gorgeous ferns...
And of course wildflowers are everywhere . . .
Every once in a while we'll come across a bridge . . .
We always have to stop and check out the stream running underneath it. This year we were surprised by a deer taking a drink from the stream. It watched us a while and then walked off. The kids thought that was pretty cool ... me too!
Here's what that day's ATV caravan looked. We had a total of five ATV's out that day.
So there you have it.
Now you know all about how we tend to like to ATV. It truly is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. The stress of daily life melts away with each mile you travel into the woods.
Wish I could do it every day!
I'm looking forward to catching up with all of you. I promise to start posting on a regular basis again next week.