Thursday, July 11, 2013

Afton State Park

After our low key 4th of July, Patrick went back to work on Friday and although I had the day off I actually spent the whole day editing photos so it wasn't really a day off for me either. We did have Kate and Jeff over that night to enjoy our homemade burgers and pasta salad so it wasn't all work.

On Saturday we headed to Afton State Park for some backpacking. Patrick had talked to Rickard earlier in the week and he and his family were going to be there Saturday night as well. Without making a plan besides we would meet up at some point at Afton, we actually ended up pulling into the REI parking lot in Bloomington at the same time. I guess we both needed some last minute supplies before we actually went to Afton. $200 later and we were on to our next stop. We planned to pick up our dinner at Bonngard's on the way. This place rivals Von Hansen's as top contender for Patrick's favorite meat establishment. They have samples there and every time we end up buying something we sample. We ended up deciding on bacon cheddar brats, twice baked potatoes and bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers for dinner.

Afton - July 6, 2013

While Rickard, Melissa and the girls went swimming, Patrick and I did some hiking without our backpacks. It was so warm and we had no idea if our site would be ready so we decided to keep them in the car until after we checked out our site. It's only 3/4 of a mile hike to the site, so its not too big a deal to go back. On our hike we saw them swimming so we hung out with them at the beach for a while before we went to get our bags.

Patrick and Sara

Ella

After we got settled at our site Rickard and his family came to hang out at our fire for the evening. They set up their hammocks, which are awesome for entertainment purposes as well as a comfortable spot to sit.

Emily & Ella

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Ella

Camping at Afton State Park

Camping at Afton State Park

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We ate a lot of tasty food that night. Along with our haul from Bonngard's, Rickard also brought the stuff to make popcorn and brownies.

Jalepeno Poppers

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Cheddar Bacon Brats

Popcorn Making

Ella

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With the humid temperatures the weather wasn't the greatest for sleeping, but we survived. In the morning the mosquitoes were horrible and it was scorching hot by 9am so we decided to head out immediately after packing up our stuff. The cold temperatures and no bugs sure make spring and fall camping much more enjoyable.

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