Weekend Road Trip: Camping and Candy

Back in September, Kyle and I joined forces with our friends, Taylor and Haley, for a camping trip down south in Minneopa State Park. We did all the usual camping things; tinfoil dinners, s’mores, sitting around the fire, and playing cards. Just after it got dark, the beautiful weather turned sour as thunderstorms started to roll in. I don’t know how we got so lucky, but somehow all of those storms went right around us. I may have been a little windy, but we didn’t get any rain, lightening, or thunder close to us.

The next morning we took it easy, eating breakfast by the fire. When we had warmed up a bit from the cool morning, we hiked our way over to Seppman Mill, a large stone tower that is still standing from the days it was used as a wind driven grist mill.  That was followed by a hike to and around Minneopa Falls. We were slightly disappointed that the falls had so little water falling, so it wasn’t as impressive as it could have been, had we had gone in the spring. However, the perfect fall coloring of the leaves lessened our disappointment. It was simply stunning!

Since this was just a one night camping trip, we then cleaned up our stuff and headed home. On the way, we stopped at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Shop on a whim. We sampled different kinds of apples, explored through the wide variety of candies, and came away with a delicious supply of European chocolate, caramel apples, and rootbeer. Overall, getting loaded up on candy is not a bad way to end a camping trip.

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