Day 2: Our first camping destination!

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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!
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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)

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My handsome working man! 😉

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!
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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!
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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.
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We are loving this $18 backpack carrier!!

To end our first exciting day, Kaleb made a fire for us to make delicious gooey smores. We all fell head first into our beds and we’re fast to sleep due to all the day’s activities.
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# injuries- (1) Lyla cut her finger but after we put ointment and a bandaid on she was just fine!

Fun fact- Keenan lost a front tooth!
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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!
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22 thoughts on “Day 2: Our first camping destination!

  1. Great beginnings. Question…. Why do you have to remove the driveshaft? In all our travels, never had to do is, nor ever seen anyone do this.

    Also…1 AM is late to be on the road. A good rule of thumb… Leave after a good breakfast, drive 2 hours. Break for 15 minutes. Drive 2 hours. Lunch. Drive 2 hours, break. Drive until 4 pm. Drvve 2 days, stop 1 day. You won’t get tired, or bored.

    The campground looks awesome. Will be nice when the leaves come out.

  2. So living vicariously through your family! You are so brave and we admire your adventure. If only we could do the same and slip off those golden handcuffs, sell the house and just go. Hate to say someday when you never know if you have tomorrow. God bless you guys and safe travels!!

  3. The first camping sight looks awesome! I am so glad the kids are able to bike and fish. You will catch fish eventually! Keep the pictures coming, they are beautiful!

  4. Love following your activities. Most campgrounds are safe but please teach the kids to follow the safety rules that applied at home even when camping. Got to keep all eyes open so no one gets hurt. It can be a long way in to a medical facility.

    Make those memories–they can last a long time.

  5. Looks awesome and adventurous! Question….. Do you have a large fridge and freezer to store food? Also with so many how do you not fill up your tanks quickly with no sewer hookups???

    • We only plan to stay a few days at each campsite so while we are traveling to our destination we can find a dump station and empty! Plus most rest areas have water to fill up for free!:)

  6. Happy to hear that all is going well and everyone is enjoying the trek. I had a AWD van and when ever it had to be towed it was on a flat bed truck. They said you could not tow on a dolly due to the AWD, so there must be something about it rolling from the rear only. Keep up the good work and having fun. God be with y’all and y’all are in my prayers. Keep posting those fabulous photos.

  7. Love you living life like a vacation! You guys are awesome!! I read this awesome lesson in some book about how most parents restrict their kids from having adventurous fun bc they might fall and hurt themselves. Then they do just that after being warned. The point was, the child will always be happy they had the fun – even if it means a cut, bump, or bruise. Good for you for letting your kids be kids and enjoy life so fully without all the fear! Can’t wait to read your next post.

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