Oct 262010

My husband and I decided that it was time for some frugal family fun after a very hectic September. On Friday we surprised our boys with a camping trip to the Florida Keys as soon as school was out. The boys were thrilled, and it did not take long before we were on the road.

It was a very spontaneous trip, in the sense that we could not plan much, as problems could arise at the last moment at my husband’s job. This is one of the reasons why we kept the camping trip a surprise, but it also meant that we had to keep our fingers crossed to find an open camp ground.

We were lucky, because we did find a tent space at the first campground, and 1 1/2 hours after leaving home, we were setting up the tent at Key Largo Kampground.

The campground was charming and whimsical, and we will definitely have to return. It was more affordable than the competition, and the location was perfect.

I was not sure when the sun would get up, so at 5:30 a.m. the baby and I camped out at the beach, but by 6:30 a.m. it got cold, so I decided to return to the tent to get sweaters. When I reached the camp site, it started drizzling, and soon the rain started. The first sun rise was a no go for a photo opportunity.

On Saturday we wanted to escape the rain clouds, so we drove further south to a fabulous beach, one of the best beaches in the Florida Keys in my opinion, and only Bahia Honda can come close.

When we returned home, my husband took our two oldest sons fishing, but I figured they would not be bringing home dinner, so I walked to Publix with my little one to pick up a few things. My husband and the boys saw a couple of sand sharks at the fishing area, so neither of us felt like swimming at the camp ground beach.

Sunday morning the baby woke up early, so I took him and my eight-year-old with me to eat an early breakfast. Afterward we went to watch the sunrise, and despite clouds, I did get a couple of shots of the sun trying to break through the cloud cover.

The weather could have been better, but we managed to make do with what we had. Our tent is semi water proof, and we just planned according to the weather.

It was a wonderful campingtrip, and camping is always a great way to experience the Florida Keys. This was our fourth vacation to the Florida Keys in four years, and it was the third camping trip, we will definitely return….

You can find more photos from our trip at my post about the Key Largo Kampground.

When was the last time you went camping?

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