a little Vermont getaway... We took the boys camping this past weekend at Maidstone State Park. Nestled in the serene beauty of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Maidstone is now officially one of my top three car camping state parks. Even though the weather was a bit iffy, it did not damper our adventure one bit.
Green. A lot of green. Gorgeous, vibrant greens of yellow birch and spruce filled the woods, while moss and lilies carpeted the forest floor. The loons call carried during the night, echoing over the clear, glassy water.
Best of all, the trip over to the park is truly stunning as you cruise along the Presidential range of New Hampshire's White Mountains. You could see Mt. Washington's craggy peak crystal clear on our way over, but it was shrouded in clouds on our way home.
A personal triumph was our boys' joy of camping this time around. Last year we decided that it was time to get back out camping, the boys were old enough now. Well, no one really mentions last June's trip anymore. We merely mutter "remember Lamoine?" Let's just say, the whole ordeal lasted only 18 hours. This weekend it was completely different. They played in the woods and along the lake the whole time. Never once saying "can we go home now", rather they uttered disappointments when we told them it was time to pack up.
Check out the bear print in the above right shot. That was just a few feet from our site. It was the claw part that completely awed me. Talk about sharp!
Our state parks are awesome treasures that I'm quite thankful for. Each year I pick out a few new parks to check out and I am rarely disappointed. Think about it, for $46, my family got to spend the weekend on a gorgeous lake with our own private beach basking in the beauty of nature. Not too shabby. Not too shabby at all.