family vacation :: winter camping at wild river state park

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Call us crazy.

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Actually, call ME crazy.  I planned the trip and then *told* the family what we would be doing.  And they were all great sports.

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Then again, I had reminded them of several previous vacations (Key Lime Cove, Grand Ely Lodge, Metropolis Resort, and Grand View Lodge) also planned by me and asked if they had ever been disappointed.

© Tina Vega Photography // tony & lorenzo cross-country skiing

I realized I was probably setting the bar pretty high considering we would be relying on a Porta Potty the entire weekend so I began referring instead to our camper cabin getaway as an adventure.

© Tina Vega Photography // chocolate cake

I also baked a chocolate cake to bring along for good measure.  😀

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We stayed in the cozy, little camper cabin pictured above.  It was heated and had electricity.  And while cooking was not allowed inside the camper cabins, slow cookers and hot pots were permissible.

Wild River State Park was gorgeous, especially as they celebrated Valentine’s Day weekend with a special candlelight ski-snowshoe-hike event.  I wish I would have been able to adequately capture the beautiful luminaries that dotted the fields and forest.

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We slept late, played lots of games, relaxed, and spent Sunday afternoon exploring miles of cross-country ski trails (snowshoe and ski rentals are available on-site, which is one of the reasons I chose Wild River State Park).

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Internet/phone service was scarce which only heightened the sense of escape.  The only downside?

middle of the night potty runs

Having to venture out into the FREEEEEEEZING COLD to visit that darn Porta Potty.  [Since returning home we have officially determined plumbing to be magical.]

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It was beautiful nonetheless.  If you would like to learn more about booking your own winter camping adventure, click HERE for details.

Kathie - February 18, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Looks like a fun weekend getaway!

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