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Winter Camping with the girl scouts by Ann Treacy
January 30, 2011, 2:39 am
Filed under: Minnesota

This weekend Aine and I went camping with the Girl Scouts and Daisies at Camp Lakamaga – just 45 minute north of St Paul. With an average temperature of 8 degrees (F), this was our agenda:

9:30 – check in
10 am – meet folks, exchange handmade gift with other troops
12:45 – snowshoeing
Noon – lunch
12:45 – cross country skiing
2:00 – ice fishing
3:00 – snack
3:15 – songs et al
4:15 – craft
6:00 – Dinner
7:15 – Night hike
8:15 – campfire (thankfully indoors) and Karaoke party
9:45 – sleep

So we spent a lot of time outdoors. Aine was a natural skier. We each had fun snowshoeing. The ice fishing was kind of fun – but cold. I think if anyone had caught anything that might have been a highlight. The ice fishing guide was very good – but standing on the frozen lake in the freezing lake is only going to be so good. We did find a dead, frozen fish – that was a big deal to everyone.

Our lowlight was sleeping in the cabins – on the ground. We got mats; we decided that out best approach might be to pile out mats on each other and sleep in the same sleeping bag. I don’t know that it wasn’t our best approach but I think I got about 2 hours of sleep doled out in 10 minute increments. A silver lining was that Aine didn’t have to go to the bathroom during the night – since that required a walk outside.

Overall we had a great time. If I ruled the world – we might enjoy all of the fun daytime activities – but sleep in a hotel. But that’s more outdoorsy than I bet most of you thought I’d go.


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