When I was a child, my mom would frequently take my brother and I camping. Every spring break and at least two or three trips each summer. Inevitably, several of those trips each year would include at least a short stay at Lake Cushman State Park. We would swim, hike, ride our bikes, attend the park rangers’ amphitheater shows, enjoy campfires…basically everything you dream of in a childhood summer. Sadly, at some point after I graduated high school, the state park was sold off to a private owner.
Only recently did I discover that the new owners had reopened the park to the public for camping. I was ecstatic! I immediately called my mom and we wasted no time planning a camping trip. I had told Zach about all my idyllic childhood memories from Lake Cushman, and couldn’t wait to share this special place with him and the kids.
We joined up there with my parents, us toting tents and them towing their new camper that has replaced the RV we had when I was a kid. As it was still only May, it was a bit too cold for swimming in the lake, which was disappointing. We did enjoy campfires and roasting marshmallows, though. We also took a hike along a trail that encircles the lake. We hiked over a mile before turning back, and Zoey did the entire thing without so much as a single complaint! Eleanor also made it nearly the entire hike before needing a shoulder ride for the last stretch back to the campsite. The outdoors (or the “real woods” as the girls call it) seems to agree with my children.