I'm not sure who was more excited – the big kids in the front or the little kids in the back – as we drove to our accommodation in the woods. We were greeted by a tiny timber cabin, not dissimilar to the one you see in the American classic Bigfoot movie, Harry and the Hendersons.
Surrounded by beautiful towering trees, we were provided with everything we needed for our camping adventure including an outside fire pit and toilet, a little wood heater, a gas cooker, lantern, cooking utensils and two doublebeds inside. As we didn't bring along any of our own camping equipment with us from Australia, this was the perfect way to go camping in a beautiful place with the kids.
While the cabins only look reasonably small from the outside, they were big enough for everything that we needed – especially since you'll be spending most of the time hiking and exploring outdoors anyway. There was plenty room for the four of us and all our bags, plus we were able to still fit Jasper's travel cot in.
There was no power or Wi-Fi available, (allowing us to have a welcome digital detox for two days) and the only alarm clock available is the resident woodpeckers, who noisily appear each morning, and the busy squirrels fossicking around for food.
Once we had unpacked, we headed off for a wander and stumbled across a group of kids and other families, cooking marshmallows and making the all-American s’mores with the resident camp ranger as they shared stories around the fire. The kids were all checking out the famous banana slugs that were like big, fat worms – only yellow!
As the night fell, we headed back to our cabin and tucked the kids into bed and sat around our own campfire watching the ‘wild animals of the night’ shyly appear from the woods, including deer and raccoons.
It was such a memorable experience and I highly recommend it for families travelling with young kids. The perfect place for camping, hiking, backpacking, and picnicking and with over 80 miles of trails on 18,000 acres, there is so much to explore!