When asked what we wanted to do on vacation, Megan quickly responded “go canoeing”. So Allan made sure that was one of our activities.
We had decided on a trip we wanted, but was told that the path was still messed up from the last hurricane that went through. So we decided to paddle the canal to Coot Bay and explore the bay.
The canal was pretty and mostly calm. We saw birds and a few crocodiles. A few sightseeing boats went by and some kayaks.
As we got closer to Coot Bay, the wind got stronger and it was harder to paddle. Except for Megan, everyone has paddled before, but no one has really paddled in strong wind. Instead of exploring the Bay, we decided to head back and enjoy lunch on a dock we had seen nearby.
After a relaxing lunch of gorp, we headed back. We took our time and enjoyed the scenery.
We have enjoyed many nights camping with the family. We all enjoy back country back packing, carrying everything we need in backpacks and walking or canoeing to each camp site.
This trip, we went “car camping” instead. Everything we needed for our trip fit into our van. We did run to Walmart the first day to get some gas and some fresh vegetables. However, we kept things very simple. Oatmeal for breakfast, gorp and granola bars for lunch and simple meals for dinner.
The sites we stayed at in “Lone Pine Key” were very nice. Since our family is “large” we needed to have two sites. The boys slept across the street from us, so we had a lot of space. The view outside our windows was always relaxing.
It was also amazingly quiet most of the time! During the day children would be on bikes or scooters, or you would see people walking. But, unlike many campgrounds, there was very little noise or music.
Once the sun went down, the mosquitoes came out, so it was a great time to head inside to get ready for a busy tomorrow!
Allan asked what we wanted to do for vacation and we could not come up with ideas. Wanting warmth and the chance to visit someplace new, Allan decided we should go to the Everglades. Just for fun, Allan planned it all as a secret. I found out where we were going, but still kept it a secret from the kids. They figured it out before we left though.
The trip down was good and we got into Florida early on Monday morning. Then we hit Florida Traffic. It took us all day to get to the Everglades only stopping a few times after the welcome center.
It was light when we arrived, but by time the tents were set up, it was dark. So we learned about Florida mosquitoes.