Well we survived camping with extra kids in toe. Each of the older children decided they wanted to bring along a friend on this years camping trip. We ended up at Itasca State Park in Northern Minnesota. It is the second largest state park in Minnesota, and it holds the start of the Mississippi River.
On the first full day we took our "Hiking Club" hike. My family joined the Hiking Club a few years ago, just for fun. There are set hiking miles through all the Minnesota State Parks that you complete, and half way through the hike there is a secret password that you write down to prove you made the hike. Well, Itasca's hike was 3.5 miles, but at the end there is a 1 mile off road to get to the fire lookout tower. Well after already hiking for over 3 miles, what is another mile! Seeing the tower was cool, but it was another 8 flights of stairs to get this stunning picture from the top (Wow am I out of shape). We all survived the hike, only 4 of the 7 of us got blisters on their feet. And everybody left with at least 10 mosquito bites on different places.
A little further down the river, the kids wanted to see if they could reach across the whole river. This is my favorite picture of the whole camping trip.