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6th Annual Freethinking Camping

  • Aug 2, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Come on out to Freethinking Camping in beautiful Cannon Falls, MN, just a short drive about 30 miles South East of St. Paul!

Camping will take place at a secluded private residence. There are private areas to set up camp, or set up closer to civilization if you'd like. The residence is only 100 yards away from the local Cannon Valley Bike Trail, and near the swimming and water-fun friendly Cannon River for the rustics, with a swimming pool available as well for those who are more urban. This is a family-friendly event with lots for the kiddies to do as well!

The event is limited to around 50, so RSVP early to get your spot!

***This year we will be doing our 3rd Annual free-will donation to Camp Quest. Do not feel like you have to donate, but there will be a collection taken for those of us who want to give back to freethinking kid campers in Minnesota! Last year we raised $615.00 together (the year before that was $350.00)- let's try to beat that this year! We get better and better every year!

Saturday Afternoon/Evening:

Set up to start on Saturday at 2pm, dinner around 5pm. Detailed list of food/drink info for supper, snacks & breakfast is listed below at the end of the post.

Sunday Morning: the canoe trip is scheduled for Sunday morning until early afternoon.  Please state when you RSVP if you'd like to also attend the canoe trip so that we can make a reservation for you. (You will have to pay for canoe rental fee.) We will verify exact times of canoe trip when the date gets closer.

Not a camper? Feel free to come hang out Saturday night without spending the night!

Activities Available: Bike riding/walking/roller-blading on the bike trail (some bikes available if needed); horses- driving the cart or riding/swimming in the river; swimming (river and pool); and an awesome campfire!

Doggilies: Feel free to bring furry friends, but please be responsible for your animal!

Canoe/Kayak/Bike Rental: There are also businesses just up and down the river (about 6 miles away) that rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, and bikes. (They also provide shuttle service back to your car for these activities.) Please see the following websites for more information:

Cannon Falls Canoe and Bike Rental
Welch Mill Canoeing and Tubing
Cannon Valley Trail Map
Flicker Map
Cannon Falls Chamber Site


Detailed Driving Directions:
Exit Cty 19 East, from Hwy 52, Continue East on 19 through Cannon Falls and 4 more miles until mile marker 196, turn left (north) on Sunset Trl. Stay on Sunset Trl for 2.5 miles, crossing the bike trail near the river, and 1/2 mile further, turn onto long driveway with large gray mailbox with 28500 on it.


Items that will be provided for campers:

Dinner is a potluck. Please bring a dish to share with the other campers. Make sure it's something that's easy and doesn't need any (or minimal) prep so that it can be ready to serve.

Here are the food items (and items to put food on like PLATES) that will be provided for dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.  (If you are hankering for anything special, you will have to bring it yourself.)

o Brats, Hot Dogs, Veggie dogs and buns
o Lime Aid/Raspberry Lemonade/Water
o Condiments, cups, plates, napkins, ice
o Smores

o Coffee, Orange Juice, Milk
o Griddle - for eggs, pancakes, pre-cooked sausage or bacon (which will be available there as well, no need to bring!)
o Oats/Fruit cereal

BYOB if you want beer/booze.  Drinking is a-okay as long as you are responsible, ie, not planning on driving anywhere drunk.  :)

If you have any questions or want more details, just shoot us an email here on Meet Up!

Hope to see you there!


This event is also posted on the Cannon Falls Freethinkers Meet Up, the Twin Cities Atheists Meet Up, and on Facebook. Check out those links if you want to see who else is signed up to come out!




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  • Crystal D.

    Thanks to everyone for your generosity! Together we raised $400.00 for Camp Quest!!! Way to go!

    I hope you all had a great time, and it was wonderful seeing everyone.

    August 3, 2014

  • Amber Bolduc- M.

    We are on our way!!

    August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I mentioned this on Facebook, but I don't think I have gas money to get there. I really would like to go. We'll see what happens. Ken suggested carpooling. Since I don't live in Mankato anymore, that makes things difficult.

    July 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I won't be there. Have fun, everyone. I will try to make it next year when I'm a little more financially stable.

      July 31, 2014

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