My friend's oldest daughter turned 12 this year. Their family has a tradition of taking their newly-crowned 12 year old along with a handful of their friends on a birthday camping adventure in lieu of a traditional birthday party. Two of my girls were in this group of kiddos, so off we went.
My own family has really only been on the camping scene for two years now. We got our big jump start with this free tent that included a special surprise inside. And we went anyway. All that to say this: Two years ago I would never have even thought that taking my own family camping would register on the fun scale at all, let alone taking 13 girls between 9-13 with two other moms. But I will also say this: It was fun. There was a very small amount of predictable drama, but the girls really did well over all.
Hawn State Park is one of Missouri's many great areas to camp and hike. It is located about 90 minutes south of St. Louis but when you are traveling with that many kids, the time really goes fast. From their website:
Many visitors believe that Hawn State Park is the loveliest of
Missouri's state parks, with forests of pine and oak, sandstone bluffs
and canyons, and clear sand-bottom streams. The park's many trails,
picnic areas and campground are well suited for visitors wishing to
enjoy the splendor of nature; it is truly a nature lover's paradise.
You know, it's true. We've been to another park a couple of times, and I've really enjoyed it, but I appreciated the variety this one offered as well as the streams that are easy to play around in. If you are looking for either an overnight camping excursion or just a day-hike right outside of St. Louis, Hawn State Park might be a good place to start.
And thus concludes, this week's "Be a Tourist in Your Own Town." You can see more "Tourist
in Your Own Town" posts here.
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