Friday, July 3, 2015

Our First Family Camping Trip- Turkey Run State Park in Indiana

I have many wonderful memories of time spent canoeing, hiking, swimming and looking for Indian Beads along the rocky shores of Sugar Creek while spending time at Turkey Run State Park in Indiana as a young girl. 
So, when Jason and I were looking for a Honeymoon destination that was close to home and not too expensive, well, I couldn't think of a better place!  When we took our first camping trip with the boys, Turkey Run.  Our ten year Anniversary Trip, a whole week camping at Turkey Run.  If you've got a weekend and want to camp, I highly recommend this beautiful park. 
2001- First trip with boys (they were 6 and 7 at the time).

 Even at this age it was obvious which one didn't mind physical labor.  He "begged" to carry the bag, we had to take it away from him after a while, he didn't willingly give it up, crazy kid!

 Canoeing, so much fun.  They also have inner-tubes.  So many great memories of canoeing here as a kid.  This was the boys first time! 
Some of the best scenery in the area.  Gorgeous!

One of the highlights of this trip:  the crazy raccoons that stole all our hot-dogs in the middle of the night.  I kept hearing the cooler closing, like something was trying to get in it so I got up with the flashlight to check and after some scurrying found a raccoon, in the middle of the road snacking on my package of hot-dogs.  Yep, rooky mistake.  Cooler got locked in the bed of the truck after that.

Next trip wasn't until 2004, its our 10th Anniversary Trip.  The boys went to camp for a week in Ohio and rather than come all the way home we took the week and camped.  What a great week it was!  Walking in the woods is so relaxing.  Beautiful place to come, hike a trail and refresh!

  On our canoe trip I took lots of pictures of Covered Bridges.  I then came home, cropped and had them blown up, they are framed and hanging in my living room.
As a young girl I remember walking this trail and we had no choice but to walk on this little ledge, the entire space between the rock walls was full of water. 
I have lived in this area all my life and never realized we had lizards such as this.  Salamanders, yes, lizards, well, surprise!  Now I see them all the time.  Cute little guy.

If you've got a day trip to plan or a weekend to fill, Turkey Run is a beautiful place to get away from it all and enjoy the great outdoors. 



  1. The idea of crazy raccoons stealing my food does make me nervous. It looks like you had a lot of fun, you took some great photos. I hope my son helps us out when we go camping next year! I want to go to Turkey Run just to see some cute lizards now.

    Andrea Wilkins @ Get Away Outdoors

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