Wilderness camping ⛺️ family style

What an adventure 😀

Wednesday June 21 to Sunday June 25. 

Halliburton highlands water trails park 

By time we all met up at the parking lot next to the boat launch it was getting dark.  

And

VERY, VERY buggy. Tons of mosquitos. Yuck. 😜

K and I had stopped at the grocery store for snacks but B and D had planned all the meals.  First the canoe came off the van. Then we had to quickly go through everything while under attack from the swarms. 

So we all piled in the canoe and headed towards the campsite. 

Out on the water was very beautiful.  The water was completely smooth.  All along the lake the shore was reflected in the water perfectly.  I wish I could’ve taken pictures to share with you how absolutely stunning it was. 

It looked very much like this;

http://www.eastshorervpark.com/home

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/ocala/recarea/?recid=40233


I think we learned going to a campsite we had never been to before in the dark was not the best plan… 

Maybe it was the stunningly beautiful scenery or maybe we were just tired, but We took a couple detours before we found our site. 

Once we found the right area D landed us at the right campsite the first time.  Because he is just that good. 👍🏻

B and I were left at the campsite with the tent, two chairs, K’s survival kit and the dog. While the boys went back to the car for another load of gear. 

In the dark. Oh yeah. We did have a couple hand flashlights to get the tent set up. 

Next we had to scrounge around in the dark looking for kindling and wood to light a fire.  At ’tis point we realized we had no matches or lighters.  Just K’s tinder kit….

It took a bit but we eventually got it going. 

Our signal fire.


We had to keep getting dried pine needles and small twigs to keep it going until 1:30 when the boys finally got back to us with the bedding and the rest of the camping gear.  

Apparently finding the boat launch went as well as finding the campsite. They paddled along the shoreline until they found it. 🛶🗺

D found some more wood and we had some oatmeal and went to bed. 

So tired. 

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