The evening of July 27th Ryan and I headed up to meet some friends for a camping trip at Devil's Lake State Park. This trip was an amazing time to get away and forget about the rest of the world for a couple days. It was incredibly relaxing and we were able to see some spectacular sights and also try out paddle boarding for the first time!
The trip there was full of colorful music and awesome clouds.
Into the park...
We brought supplies to prepare for rain, but were unprepared when it actually did. On future occasions I'll be sure to seal the tent and pitch a tarp over the tent and fire area if there's rain in the forecast. Otherwise the weather was beautiful. It was cool and overcast and there were no mosquitoes to be seen.
Hiking the bluffs and water's edge.
After hiking we went paddle boarding. It was like standing kayaking! It was an amazing experience that I look forward to doing again in the future. We created a decadent treat at the concession stand afterwards. We ordered a chocolate cookie dough float with caramel frappe instead of soda. Yum!
This is first campfire I built during the trip. It worked but I shouldn't have laid the top log across the way I did. I'll look up the best method before our next trip. Pizza for dinner!
Friday morning at 4am the rain finally came and we weren't as prepared as we'd hoped to be. Since the rain had held off the rest of the trip we were a little lax about it when we went to bed. Once it started we realized there was a leak in the tent because we got wet. We also forgot to cover up our fire wood and the clothes hanging to dry so everything got wet! That being said we didn't stay too long in the morning. Ryan and I packed up and grabbed some noms from the camp store to tide us over on the journey home.
The plant life looked very green and refreshed after the rain.
We stopped at Sugar River Pizza in New Glarus on the way back. They had jars of scrabble tiles on each of the tables that provided an entertaining way to pass the time while waiting for our meal.
I had a margarita flatbread with greens and Parmesan on the side.
Upon getting home I unpacked what I could and left the rest outside to dry in the sun. I headed to work for a couple hours and then came home to collapse on the couch and watch Hairspray with my family. My dad baked his favorite cookies, oatmeal butterscotch.
So much excitement packed into a short time! I'm glad there are parks close enough to us that it's possible to go camping, even if just for two days! This trip was great and I hope to be able to go camping once more before the summer ends.
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!