Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Family Vacation: Part 2

This was our first camping adventure as a family and it was definitely an adventure. We took along everyone's bikes and the bike trailer so that we could explore the numerous bike trails around the park. Each morning either before or after breakfast we would head out for a long ride and every evening after supper we would ride our bikes again. Justin and Ashlin would ride in the bike trailer and sometimes Justin would even happen to fall asleep. Ashlin would even ride her bike to the restroom which was only two campsites away. You would see numerous people riding their bikes around the park. The ages of the people bike riding ranged from 3 to 60 plus years. I have not been on a bike that much in years and it was great exercise and a fun experience. The photos today are of things you could see on the trail.

The worst thing about the camping trip was the bugs. The mosquitoes and the mayflies were awful. You know the bugs are bad when you need bug spray on at 10:00 in the morning. The closer that you camped to the river the worse the bugs were. The mayflies were awful on parts of the trail. The mayflies would cover whole sides of campers.

The first night on the trails two deer ran right in front of Erica and I as we were biking along. Every night there after the girls would search for deer as we rode.

We stayed on the South Dakota side of the river. This photo is of the Nebraska side of the river.

These small cabins are available to rent for $40 a night if you don't have a camper. They are small, but they have air conditioning and beds to sleep in. They were all rented when we were there, but I was amazed at how families would make their cabin appear just like a camper site.

Take care,


  1. Wow cool vacation! Never heard of mayflies, but they sound nasty! Those cabins are adorable -- that's my kind of camping . . . with AC! Is there TV and wifi too? :)


  2. What an awesome trip. The kids will remember this forever!

    We stayed in a cabin like that at the Grand Canyon. No air conditioning, but similar. So much fun.

  3. It looks like you had a blast on your camping trip! Those cabins are too flippin' cute! I hope you are busy soaking up the last few days of summer!

  4. What a fun trip! I have wanted to camp there but it may have to wait until next year unless we can squeeze in a trip this fall. I am anxious to hear if you would do it again :)!