Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jay Cooke State Park

This past weekend we went camping with some friends up to Jay Cooke State Park. This is one of our favorite state parks in Minnesota. It was such fun sharing it with friends. Though a few of our favorite spots where difficult or non-accessible since the huge flood two years ago, it was still fun. 
Since Steve and I were meeting two friends up there we let Mouse bring a friend this time too. The six of us had a blast. The girls kept themselves busy exploring the grounds.
They even spotted a mama porcupine and a her baby (only the mama is pictured here). The girls and I also attend a Ranger class on Wild Cats, which was really interesting. The rest of the weekend the girls looked for signs of the cats but we didn't see any.  
Here is part of our group (minus Steve and I) on one of the main sites at Jay Cooke, the swing bridge. Though this new one put in after the flood, doesn't swing as much as the last one. It still keeps to it's original look. I love this bridge and it is fun to people watch as so many are scared of crossing it.  
It is great when you go camping with people who love to do the same things you like. We did some hiking and then some hill scaling as some of the trails still haven't been rebuilt. But we had to get down to the rocks for all of us to climb around on. The girls (and us adults) I think liked the danger of crossing the trail closed sign. Don't worry the Ranger told us we could. 
We spent the nights cooking up fajitas on the fire and a s'mores bar brought by my friend that rivaled a 5 star restaurant. Camping with foodies is so much fun. 
~ Cassi

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