We went camping at William O'Brien again this past weekend. The last time we went, it was just the immediate family. This time we went with another family. A guy I've known since high school, Eric, and his wife and children. Their kids and ours get along great and a good time was had by all. I first camped at this park with Eric when we were in high school. I couldn't even count the number of times I've been to this park. I just love this particular section of the St. Croix river valley and am drawn to return to it time and time again.
I had thought that this would close the books on my 2008 camping season, but I may be wrong. I've been wanting to get out for an S24O sometime this summer, but with all the other stuff going on it just wasn't meant to be. But I realized today that I've got a free weekend coming up, and the kids will be staying at Hotel Grandma/Grandpa. So I'm tentatively planning a quick solo overnight this weekend. I'm thinking about going to Afton State Park. They only have hike in spots, which is fine by me. I imagine I could get my bike to one of those spots without too much difficulty. But depending on weather and how I feel I might make it a car trip. Either way, I'll be packing only the essentials and doing the trip as ultralight as possible. Normally, I tend to be an "everything but the kitchen sink" type of camper, so this will be an interesting paradigm shift.