Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Camping in Charlevoix

This past weekend we had a family reunion up near Traverse City, and we decided to make a weekend out of it by heading more north to Charlevoix to camp. My sister in law had posted pictures of their recent trip up north where they stopped at the gardens at Castle Farms. It is a popular wedding destination with all of the buildings shaped like castles, but the gardens are very child-friendly with a pond full of big fish, giant chess sets, and the main reason we went- over 2,000 feet of tiny train tracks running through a hedge maze.When my sister in law posted the pictures of the trains I knew Jeb would flip, and it was just an hour and a half north of the reunion.

We headed up to a great campground where we were the closest tent to the bathroom (a big plus with 3 little bladders in tow!), showers, running water, and a beautiful view of a lake feeding into a river for just $15 for the night! We had been camping in Indiana the weekend before and it was $30 for one night, so we were pretty excited to spend half that!

After dinner, a walk down to the lake, and then back for s'mores, we went to bed. In the morning we made breakfast and then packed up and headed out to Castle Farms.

I knew the whole family would enjoy the gardens, but this face was the main reason I wanted to come-my boy is obsessed with trains, cars, wheels, tracks, and anything with a motor!

In the middle of the day we went back to the car for a picnic lunch and to change clothes, it had gotten quite a bit warmer!

When we left mid afternoon the kids were all exhausted and slept for a couple of hours. Then we stopped for dinner and did some family exercise before making the rest of the drive home. Our kids are all SO good in the car, it's almost too good to be true. I'm determined to keep road tripping so that they stay this good at it!

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