Tulip Time in Pella

If you’re Iowa local-ish, I urge you to plan a trip to Pella for their annual tulip time so you can see these…

and “Dutch costumes and demonstrations, performances, a craft and vendor fair, quilt and flower shows, and beautiful tulip gardens! All of these activities are set in picturesque Pella, Iowa, a charming Dutch community with parks and architecture reminiscent of historic Netherlands, ” (from their website.) We arrived in Pella on Friday, May 3 and attended their nighttime lighted parade– it was COOL. Their parade is a can’t miss event!

(More photos at the end of post)

Since Pella is SO close to Lake Red Rock, we made this adventure a camping trip. We stayed at Wallashuck Campground. We had beautiful weather (dare I say, the only beautiful weather Iowa had in May?) We would absolutely make a point to camp there again. The sites were spacious, the area was wonderfully quiet, everything was clean and there is a spectacular trail around the lake.

The part of the trail we followed was about 2 miles long round trip– long enough that our kiddos were still enjoying themselves when we were finished.

Side note: If you’re in the market for a double stroller– I’d highly recommend this one from Graco. I bought it thinking we’d never use it (*cringe*) but we use it all the time.

Camping was a little different this year (year two of owning a camper.) L is a full-fledged toddler, so he comes with a lot less stuff. No baby bottles! No bouncers! No Sit-Me-Up floor seat! No outside play pen!

While packing was a lot easier, we got a lot more exercise chasing after B (4 years old) and L (18 months,) and keeping them from getting themselves into trouble in (and out) of the camper.

Whose idea was it to put the camper slide-out button at kid chest level?

“Don’t push the button. Don’t do it. Don’t you do it.” Maybe I should’ve brought Don’t Push the Button! for them to mess with instead. As if that would suffice!

We just remember that pushing buttons (real and figurative) is all part of the fun of camping and adventuring with small children.

Happy summer! I hope you find time to fit in some fun adventures!

-Kerri

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