This past weekend we had the fun of going on a little biking trip on the Paul Bunyan Trail. A had wedding flowers to do on Saturday and we were having trouble finding campgrounds so we didn't leave until after church on Sunday. My sister Keren took us down South of Walker and dropped us off. At the drop off place their was a pond that the kids had fun exploring around.
I did find a campsite for Sunday night (For $50 a night!!!) so we were all packed up to go hiking. Jonathan is using a bigger bike this year so I had to make him new pannier bags (The brown ones in the photo below) and Aaron got his old ones. This is the first year that he has had a rack and pannier bags.
|Jonathan was needing to rest after some big hills.|
|Aaron and Mara on a flatter stretch.|
|Our campsite. We were in the area of a bunch of people that bring their RVs and stay all summer long. I think they found us rather interesting. They were very friendly and offered to loan roasting sticks and give us fire started and water and ice.|
|Getting packed up on Monday morning.|
|Sumac. We collected some of this and are looking forward to making something similar to lemonade with this.|
|We we surprised to find a bunch of wild grapes. Mara picked quite a few and we plan on making jelly.|
|Wild plums. These aren't ripe yet but I am hoping maybe we can ride back to get some when they are.|
|Echinnacia. I collected some leaves to use for tea.|
We also saw quite a bit of Wild Asparagus which off course is not in season right now but we are hoping to go find it next spring. We also saw other herbs and greens, wild chokecherries that could be picked right now, a few hazelnuts, and strawberry and raspberry plants. I am sure there was a lot we missed as well.
It was another fun bike trip and now we are thinking about our next one.