Monday, June 21, 2010

State Forest State Park

Over Father's Day weekend, we went on a camping trip at State Forest State Park (and yes, that is it's real name. Almost sounds like they ran out names!) with Morgan's school friend and his family. The park is huge and has several campgrounds. Ours was on a beautiful lake.

While the parents set up, the kids kept themselves occupied by playing games in the camper.

State Forest State Park is known for his large population of moose. On Saturday, a visit to the visitor's center had all things moose, including this statue made out of barb-wire.

Morgan demonstrated how the large moose ears help her hear better.

Then we headed down to the lake to take Morgan fishing for the first time.

While the dogs watched patiently.

Morgan practiced casting out her line for awhile without any bait on it. She got the hang of it after a few tries.

And then it was time for the worm.

"What's that red stuff"
"Why is he bleeding?"
"Well, because we are putting a hook through him"
"Why is he squirming around like that?"
"Well, because we are putting a hook through him"

But then she quickly got over it and fished for a very, very long time.

Until the kids decided that surfing on an old log would be more fun.

On the way back from the lake, she also took some time to stop in the field and look for four-leaf covers.

Next, it was on to some 4-wheel driving.

The view from the top was incredible, despite the pine beetle damage. Unfortunately, we did not spot any moose.

And speaking of pine beetle damage, the rules used to be that you were not allowed to collect firewood in any park. Now, they have huge piles of cut down trees scattered through out the campsites that they want you to gather wood from. The kids kept very busy collecting this wood and building their own woodpile by our fire.

And then we got to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

The next day, we headed back to town. Seeing as my camera was packed away in the camper, I just knew that we would see moose on the way out. And we did! Two times we spotted moose eating in the marshes below the road. It was quite the sight.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Wow, what a spectacular site! I'm taking the boys camping in early August (with a friend and her family). I'm excited!