We arrived at our first camping destination around 1am after 4.5 hours, cruising at 55 mph. We lost all cell service about an hour before we arrived. I chose for us to go to the Florida River Island camping area which is a part of the Northwest Florida Water Management District. This camping area is right alongside the Apalachicola River. This place is FREE to camp, no costs at all! I will write a separate posting to give more details on this camping area. Since we arrived after dark we did not realize just how beautiful this place was until we woke up!
We did not sleep in as late as we thought we would due to the excitement of getting out and exploring our first camping area! We quickly ate cereal, got dressed and started preparing our campsite. The kids and I unloaded all our camping gear and outdoor toys from the underneath bins. Dad worked on making sure the solar panels were receiving the best sunlight. He also had to reconnect the drive shaft to the rear tires due to us having to take it off to tow it. ( All wheel drive Honda Pilot)
In between getting the site set up we would throw the Frisbee to one another. Well, we realized we need a lot more practice in actually throwing the Frisbee and it getting somewhat close to the other person! It was still fun!
Once we were all done setting up, we took off on a family bike ride to scope out the rest of the recreation area. We could not believe were the only ones at this amazing place!! Due to all the recent rain, the river was up and the road was flooded in areas. Our crazy kids loved riding through the water, sometimes a foot deep, creating huge splashes! We would all laugh as sometimes a child would get too deep and fall sideways into it!
Then we decided it was time to go fishing so we could catch lunch! Well, I think from all the bike riding we must of scared the fish because we did not catch lunch. We ended up roasting hotdogs and cooking baked beans over the fire. After lunch we were determined to catch fish to have a yummy dinner! We fished patiently for hours….and the fish were being way too darn stubborn to allow us to catch them! We had a blast anyways. Dinner ended up being waffles instead.
# injuries- (1) Lyla cut her finger but after we put ointment and a bandaid on she was just fine!
I will be honest it was hard at first not to have any cell phone service. We have always been spoiled with being able to just up the phone to make a call, send a message or check emails! At first we felt kind of anxious not being able to use them but then it felt GOOD! I don’t think we realized how we had become obsessed with our phones/electronics. We experienced a freedom we had not felt in a long time!