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Vt. family on a mission to visit all the state parks

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"Our family loves camping, we try to spend every summer weekend outside exploring an area," says Brian Miller.

When he read a blog called "Keeping Weekend Camping Trips Fun for Kids," he was inspired! The Mom writes about camping with kids and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

"I had the thought of doing the same thing with my family and I thought why not try doing something close to home to start with. And something that was not too expensive and something we can all do as a family," he says.

Brian and his wife Lori decided to start small with state parks close to home.

"And if that went well, we would expand that to more state parks and I looked and said, why don't we set a goal to, sometime in our life, to try to hit all the state parks in Vermont," Brian says.

That's fifty-two in all. With a 5-year-old and a 4-year-old, they weren't sure what to expect.

"Close to home in case things did not go well and we had to get up and leave in the middle of the night," says Lori.

But that didn't happen. It turned out, their kids really loved camping.

"We spent the weekend at Grand Isle State Park and sleeping in a tent, they were excited to do it. No sounds at night bothered them. And it was lots of fun," says Brian.

Since their adventure began last summer, their daughter Leah has become fascinated with birds.

"Leah will say, oh hey, there's a red winged black bird," says Lori.

A love of nature Brian and Lori are happy to pass on.

"That one was at Glacier National Park in Montana. which was really nice. we rode up to the pass and then had a very chilly ride back down," Lori says.

Long before they had kids, they drove across the country and stayed at state and national parks along the way. They have a wall of photos highlighting some of their favorite experiences.

"When we were travelling across the country we always talked about doing something like that with our family," says Brian.

As they checked out their gear for a trip later this month to Ricker Pond State Park, I wondered if they had a top three list from last summer. Turns out, the kids and adults agree on their favorites!

"Button Bay, Button bay is on our list as being on the top, Elmore State Park, Elmore State Park is also because elmore has a great beach," says Brian.

"The third really nice one is Little River," Lori adds.

Having stayed in parks all over the country, they say, Vermont's are top notch.

"They're clean. They're comfortable. The campsites are in great shape and they're also spread out so you can have some privacy. They're kid friendly, family friendly, per friendly and just overall fun to be at!" says Brian.

They checked fifteen state parks off their list last summer.

"Alburgh Dunes State Park, Knight's Point, Grand Isle State Park, Little River State Park, Elmore State Park, Alice State Park, Silver Lake State Park, Button Bay, Crystal Lake," he says.

They're looking forward to adding to that list this summer!

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