Posts tagged ‘camping’

July 22, 2012

Couples Retreat | Round 2


We wrapped our second successful Couples Retreat this weekend and it has been confirmed that every year we get a little better at camping and have even more fun. This year we took our 5-pack of couples to Camp Ripley. Thanks to Justin, our beloved soldier, we were able to gain access to this fantastic park (free firewood! free ice!). We spent lots of time around the fire, in the water, and with plenty of food and beverages to keep us all very full and plenty silly. Traditions being made!

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September 1, 2011

father hennepin couple’s retreat

So, I recently went camping for the first time in literally 10 years. For some reason I was craving it. Brent and I packed up our things, bought a tent, and drove a few hours to the overpopulated, slightly commercialized Father Hennepin State Park. It wasn’t my first choice, but when you’re traveling with a group, compromise is key. We landed near Mille Lacs around 8pm on a summer Friday, set up our tent in the dark, and spent the rest of the night near the campfire with our dear friends/family: The Stoks + Bradshaws + Moreaus + Higgins. Some might say COUPLE’S RETREAT. It was wonderful.

The bugs seemed minimal and the company was perfecto. We did just about everything in a mere 1.5 days, other than shower. We managed to pull off an awesome beach volleyball game (I can’t seem to remember the exact score, but I’m preeeetty sure my team won …), swam a little, ate a lot, and overall enjoyed each other’s company in the great outdoors. It’s definitely a trip we’re going to need to take every year – maybe even elongate it to 2 full days! We got creative with the cooking and made “hobo-packs” for dinner on Saturday night. They were a HIT!! And soooo easy. Basically, you cut up a variety of vegetables, pull together some sort of meat option for the carnivores, sprinkle with salt + seasoning and lay over the fire. It takes roughly 30 minutes to cook – and then, waaalah! They’re done and so good.

It’s pretty fun to hop out of your comfort zone every once in a while, leave the blow dryer behind, and enjoy a laid back weekend in the woods.