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The Maiden Voyage: William O’Brien Along The St. Croix

It is finally here, our Maiden Camping Voyage! Our first family camping adventure with all 5 kids in our new camper from Coates RV. Kelly has been planning this out for months, but with the prolonged Winter we had in Minnesota this year we had to cancel our first few camping trips. But this weekend is beautiful and the camping is great.

As many of you know, we brought home our new camper (new to us) this past Tuesday after getting a 2 hour intro/how to session from the guys at Coates RV, which I am sure Kelly will be writing about sooner or later (she wrote about it here: Bringing Home The Camper). This was actually really handy, I would have definitely gotten stumped on a bunch of different things if we had not had this time at Coates.

Getting The Camper From Coates RV
Getting The Camper From Coates RV
Our New Camper Parked In Front Of Our Home.
Our New Camper Parked In Front Of Our Home.

We brought the camper home on Tuesday and didn’t leave for William O’Brien until Thursday afternoon. This actually turned out to be perfect as it gave us time to round up everything we would need for our first trip (many things we won’t have to pack again) and gave the kids a couple of days to play in the camper.

Checking out the screen door.
Checking out the screen door.
Jadis checking out her new bed.
Jadis checking out her new bed.
Coloring in the camper.
Coloring in the camper.

After an easy 1 hour drive to William O’Brien, we arrived at roughly 5pm and set up our campground. This was remarkably easy, even for our first time. It probably only took me 15 min to get everything set up and be sitting my chair. During the drive I was also surprised at how many people are super considerate when you are hauling a big load.

We decided to keep things simple the first night and cook some brats.

Brat Master!
Brat Master!

Ruthie was the lucky one and found treasure in the trees. Her new favorite game is Treasure Hunting!

Ruthie's Treasures
Ruthie’s Treasures
Enjoying Our First Campfire
Enjoying Our First Campfire

On Friday we woke up and enjoyed some good family time in the camper before adventuring out. When we decided to leave our campground we did a 2 mile hike along the St. Croix river, which is actually a HUGE distance when you have a 1, 3 and 6 year old! This has easily been our favorite part of the trip so far and Kelly’s favorite picture taking time!

Isaiah found his sticks
Isaiah found his sticks
And Now He Is HAPPY!
And Now He Is HAPPY!
Keegan
Keegan
Keegan and Isaiah being Brothers.
Keegan and Isaiah being Brothers.
St. Croix River
St. Croix River
Jadis
Jadis
Family Photo
Family Photo
Me and my Buddy Hiking.
Me and my Buddy Hiking.
Mikaela
Mikaela

The rest of Friday afternoon was pretty easy going as well. We played in the sand and got a game of family wiffle ball going.

Sand...
Sand…
Wiffle Ball
Wiffle Ball

After some fun it was time to eat. Kelly planned on making some Hobo Meals, i had never called them that before, which were really easy. Kelly will have the recipe up for this later this weekend and I’ll link it here. Like I said, here it is: Tin Foil Meal Recipe

Hobo Meal. Hamburger, onions, potatoes, carrots and cheese cooked on the fire.
Hobo Meal. Hamburger, onions, potatoes, carrots and cheese cooked on the fire.
Kelly enjoying some cuddle time.
Kelly enjoying some cuddle time.
Isaiah enjoying some beans
Isaiah enjoying some beans

That about wrapped up our first night. It was a great day of camping and everyone had a great time and loved the new camper. We’ll get a complete write up when we get back, gotta get back to making memories!

Me... Go to bed? HA!!
Me… Go to bed? HA!!

-Ryan

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