We went camping between Christmas and New Year’s – our first time camping since we moved to Florida and our first time to camp during the winter. We’re searching for our new favorite campground. Myakka River State Park just might fit the bill. In PA, our favorite campground had to have a pool and playground. Here in FL, we’re more likely to camp in the cooler months, so we’re looking for things to do – hiking, geocaching, maybe a playground, probably not a pool. While this camping trip was nothing like we had planned, it was still good to get away.
I spent the weeks leading up to our trip stalking the website waiting for a campsite to open up. I was sure that someone would cancel and I would be able to snag a full hook-up site. Sure enough, one opened up the week before and I pounced on it! Everyone was thrilled to finally be going camping again (it’s been over a year!). Because we don’t have room on our property to store our camper, it lives at my parent’s house (so greatful we don’t have to pay to store it!). We had almost totally emptied it before closing it up over a year ago. So, we loaded everything into the van and then unloaded it into the camper. We managed to remember everything that we had to have, but we forgot our marshmallow roasters (they were in our shed…as soon as we got home I took them over to the camper!). We made do and still roasted marshmallows (can’t camp without s’mores!).
As glad as we were to be camping again, it was nothing like we had planned! Our three kids took turns being sick. I’ve never done wash on a weekend trip – this time I did two loads! I was very thankful that the bath house wasn’t far away and for kids that try to make it to the garbage can! There was no geocaching or hiking and we didn’t even get to check out the playground. I think it rained a little each day too. But, we were camping and it was relaxing and we were mostly media free (no wi-fi at the sites). We did decide that we need to be better prepared for the unexpected – I had medicine for the kids, but we had very limited things to entertain them in the camper.
It couldn’t have been too bad – we’re planning to go again (even the kids can’t wait)! What about you? Ever have a trip that just doesn’t go as planned?