OA Staff Summer Series: The Great American Camping Trip

When classes are out of session, there are all sorts of ways to fill up the day with entertainment and joy. At Outdoor Adventures, we like to get out there and experience nature in the most classic way we can, "The Great American Camping Trip." My name is James, and this summer I am so excited to begin OA’s summer blog series with the story of an experience I just had with my girlfriend. This weekend we packed up our tent, grabbed the dog, and trekked the three hours from NIU all the way to a public campground in Wilton, WI right on the banks of the Kickapoo River.

Dutch Oven Casserole
Dutch Oven Casserole

It can be so relaxing to take your mind off the world for a bit, so we did. I made my first Dutch Oven Casserole, which contained all the basic food groups: butter, cheese, bread, and sausage; we rented a canoe for a trip down the river, and had a warm campfire every night. Some of the other campers there at the time even brought guitars for a sing-along, though I didn’t know a lot of the songs. I wish I’d taken photos of the bike trails up there, too, but some sights you’ll have to go find for yourself.


Canoeing on the Kickapoo!
Canoeing on the Kickapoo!


The glow of the embers and the cool evening breeze will keep me remembering this trip for a long time to come. It would have been a lot colder without my Kelty 40* Sleeping Bag and accompanying Sleeping Pad, both of which I picked up right here at Outdoor Adventures. If you need help getting your gear together, or want to learn to use some of the equipment that campers regularly pack, reach out to the OA team to see how you can get involved! If you have a story about your summer vacation you'd like to share, contact OA below.