At one point, Finley looked up at me and said, “How lucky are we to be sitting in a cabin together and writing?” We were drawing and journaling at a small wooden table inside our cozy MN State Park camper cabin while Tim and Daley were outside building a campfire.
Given the day was Thanksgiving, I too was feeling deeply grateful for our time together. And grateful for our MN State Park system, especially its camper cabins.
This yeas was our third staying in a camper cabin over this holiday. Being so close to nature has allowed us to slow down and take a few deep breathes during a time when overeating, overspending, and overstressing is upon us.
For example, Thanksgiving dinner becomes simplified when there is no oven or stove. For the past two years, we’ve created our feasts over open flames of a fire (roasted turkey hotdogs at Bear Head Lake and a bit more upscale menu at Tettegouche).
Presently, we capitalized on the use of a slow cooker in the cabin and feasted on steaming bowls of turkey and wild rice soup. Perfect after a day of hiking and fishing.
Year-Round Trout Fishing
In fact, with three fly fishers in the family, year-round trout fishing was the reason we chose Whitewater State Park in the southeastern corner of the state.
As for hiking, the park has over 10 miles of trails. We were taken with the short, but heart-pumping, 1.1 K Chimney Rock Trail. The rock formation (see top right picture below) was uniquely shaped and its cave was fun to explore.
Park Highlights as Reported by Finley (6 years old)
- Being pulled in the cart by Daley.
- Throwing ice on the river.
- Eating s’mores.
- Fly fishing with Dad and walking in the water.
Park Highlights as Reported by Daley (10 years old)
- The cart that dumped. It was nice they had a cart.
- Standing on the ice on the river.
- Hiking up to Chimney Rock. The view was nice.
- The campfire. I love campfires.
Hearing these reflections is one of my favorite parts of the kiddos’ goal to acquire all 76 stamps in their MN State Park Passport books. Who knew a simple cart could bring so much joy?!
Have you visited Whitewater State Park? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!