Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Trail and David Obey Interpretative Center

Thinking of exploring the Ice Age trail?  If you are looking for a challenging hike we suggest The Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Trail (circle trail).  This has been to date the hardest hike we have completed.  It’s hard to believe it took us over two hours to complete 4.5 miles.


Beware the deer flies, they made our hike hell, even after spraying ourselves with bug repellent twice.  Bring a hat or head cover and you won’t be able to hike in peace.IMG_2697

I do highly recommend the David Obey Interpretative center. It was very kid friendly with lots of cool stuff for the kids to explore and snakes to pet.


This may be a tough hike (at least to complete with kids and a dog) but there are some beautiful sights that make it worth it!


Brunet Island State Park Review

Brunet Island State Park Review
Best campground we have visited so far. Our site (#15) was spacious with a great view of the river. The campground was also very quiet even though there were plenty of children around.
Amazingly the beach was not crowded considering it was a gorgeous day in July. Would visit this park again!
Brunet Island State Park ReviewThe island has a great loop that goes around it that’s perfect for biking or to complete on a scooter.

Brunet Island State Park Review

We enjoyed the quiet beach but the hiking trails were plagued by deer flies. Bring a hat and bug spray!


We would love to visit Brunet Island park again!

Hayward KOA Campground Review

Great campground for the kids! My three children had a TON of fun using the jumping pillow, the slide, pool and mini-golf.

There is also a great playground.  Hayward KOA has a ton of things to do for kids and that helps increase our rating.

Some of these activities are not free though.  For the kids to use the pillow and be able to go tubing we had to buy a bracelet (for each) that cost $36 for the entire duration of our visit.  The longer you stay the better value.  We didn’t get the bracelet for us adults, so we paid $10 each to go tubing.

We found the campground a bit worn down and old looking, but generally clean.  The sites were a bit closer together than we would have liked although we did see some sites with more space in between in other areas of the campground.

The roads in the campground seemed very narrow, and the situation was exacerbated by people parking their cars too close to (and sometimes on) the road. People would also drive against what was supposed to be the flow of traffic often.

We probably wouldn’t make a repeat visit and would stick to camping at State Parks.

Family Favorite: Non-Stick, Reusable Grilling Mats


Here is another lifesaver during our camping adventures: these non-stick grilling mats!  I love that most camping sites we have visited include a firepit.  However, I did not love the idea of cooking my food directly over these fire grills.

I found these non stick reusable grilling mats  which not only make cooking on these firepits more hygienic but also makes clean up a snap!  These mats are easily wiped  after you are done cooking.

Get a set of five of these non stick reusable grilling mats for just $14.99!