Howlin’ Wolves in Mille Lacs State Park

With the year coming to an end, I was thinking about all the amazing places I got to experience. I’m such a reminiscent person which is one of the reasons for this blog. I love to look back at my stories and relive the experience.

I wanted to share a camping story from this past June when Michael and I went to Minnesota to visit family. Even though I grew up in Minnesota, I only went on a couple of family camping trips there, so I was ecstatic about this weekend getaway.

We decided to take a 2-day trip up north to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. It was just under a 2 hours from the suburbs of Minneapolis.

Once we got there, we quickly decided on a backpacking site and were set. I carried my huge Osprey pack and Michael had the food and tent. We hiked through thick mid-west forest for a couple hours till we finally found our site. It had been lightly raining since we got there but rain never bothered either one of us. But once we got settled and got our site up the temperature began to drop.

Perfect time for a fire! Except all the wood around us was completely moist and flimsy. We managed to get a fire going after 30 minutes or so and dried all the wood we could.

We brought some yummy bacon (who doesn’t love bacon?) and slapped it on the pan. I have to say bacon cooked right on fire is the best.

By this time the sun was beginning to set and we were beginning to settle in for the night. That’s when we heard howling from close by. Now I know what coyotes sound like, but this was Minnesota and we got wolves! The howling is so beautiful. It makes me feel at home.

We could hear the whole pack howling the night away.

We both looked at each other and I could tell Michael was surprised. Back where he’s from there hasn’t been a wolf siting in a very long time. I could tell he was a little nervous because they were pretty close. But after some time in the outdoors you realize you’re not in control and you learn to just enjoy where you’re at.

It’s exhausting and beautiful when your’e struggling in nature, but some of us love it.

I can’t wait to return back to my home state next summer and do some more exploring up north!

-Karlee

p.s. here are some of the photos I took this trip! 🙂

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