Camping trips are great, affordable way to spend time with your friends and family.

Camping trips are great

When I was younger, my friends and I used to make a yearly camping trip.

At first, we did it as a way to get away from home and be on our own in the woods.

As the years rolled by, though, it turned into a tradition, and we would spend our winters
figuring out where we would go next.
We always made an effort to check out a new place so that the experience didn’t get stale and
we could see some different things.

I was just talking to my friend Gary about our old camping trips the other day, and we couldn’t stop laughing about all the good times we had together.

We’d bring folding picnic tables and portable charcoal grill so we could cook everything from
hamburgers to portabella mushrooms.

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sitting in my camping chair and toasting marshmallows with the guys.
So after seeing Gary, I decided that I wanted to carry on the tradition with my family.

family picnic a new tradition

I started looking for places where we could go, and I figured I would share some of the ideas I’ve come up with so far.
One year, we went to Ludington State Park in Michigan and had such a great time there,

 My new family tradition.

I was thinking this might be the perfect place to start my new family tradition. The park includes
about seven miles of shore along Lake Michigan but also has thick green forests and marshlands for daytime exploration.

Since, like me, my wife and kids are definitely adventure-seekers, I’m also considering Voyagers National
Park on Rainy Lake up in Minnesota. What’s cool about this park is that you can only get to the campsites by boat.

I’m so excited to get back out in nature, but I’m going to weigh my options with my wife. Hopefully,
she’s as thrilled about the idea as I am.