Is it my allergies? Nope, it’s the camping itch!

It’s that time of the year! For those of us that don’t have campers that can make it through the Wisconsin winter or like freezing inside of a tent, it’s been too long since we cooked over an open fire and slept under the stars.

As for my husband and I, Covid has brought upon financial strife, making us unable to camp much last year. I had grand plans for 2021, until the job I procured in the fall also laid me off. I had big hopes, Perrot, Willow Creek, Yellowstone Lake, Big Foot Beach and High Cliff. As of right now, our only plan is Perrot State Park, and of course Girl’s Weekend at Lake Kengosa State Park.

I’ve been streaming and streaming, and wound up on an old series based on one of my favorite books when I was a child, Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life in Minnesota gave me an idea, what about nearby state’s state parks? Iowa and Illinois are so close, and even some of Southern Minnesota’s state parks are within a short distance. Although, I’m definitely most interested in the state parks just a hop, skip and jump from Canada.

I also really want to take my 2 year old niece camping. She loves being outside, and just hearing her try to say pinecone fills my heart with such joy. My sister is also really wanting to try my Camper Chilequiles. Blue Mound State Park is just between our homes, so we thought that might make a good first outing for a toddler.

But now that the camping itch has started…I’m going to have to scour the Wisconsin State Park’s Reservation System for cancellations. If anything, since we’re still living further out in Southwest Wisconsin, we should take this opportunity to visit Western Wisconsin state parks. So, even if we can’t get to the ones I wanted to this year, Yellowstone Lake, Wildcat Mountain, and Merrick are options. Our goal is still to visit all of the Wisconsin State Parks and this site has been created to bring you along with us!

So, for those of you that are already camping, I hope you’re enjoying the early Spring we’re having. For those about to camp, safe travels and we’ll hopefully see you out there! And just remember, to stay safe in Wisconsin we stay at least one cow away.

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