Month: June 2018

Camp Review #2: Withlacoochee, Mermaids & a runaway puppy!


Camp Review # 2: With-la-coo-chee, Mermaids & a runaway puppy! 🐾

Date(s) of Trip: April 20-22, 2018
Location: Withlacoochee State Forest, Brooksville, FL
Total miles driven from last location: 206 miles

Campground Info:

✅ State CG       Federal Land     National Park
Boondocking (where)

Summary of facilities, activities or overall trip experience.


The GOOD:  We picked this camping location because we were going to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. I hadn’t been in probably 35 years and Kevin had never been. I was surprised to see the park busy – which is good. There is a swim park within the front of the Weeki Wachee Springs, which is what we came for. I didn’t remember how they swim under water so long until I saw the long air hoses. So we saw the mermaids perform a skit from The Little Mermaid -all under water. We were impressed with their ability to swim in costume. A little cheesy, but it was fun to see a childhood memory still intact.

 The BAD. our story to remember is the “bad”.

The UGLY:  The campground roads and site a were bit rough.  It was rugged, but in good condition.

Story to remember?
Late at night we walked the dogs. They got tangled in their retractable leashes. Kevin was trying to get them untangled when suddenly Camper, our 8 month old puppy saw or heard something. She took off – with the retractable leash dangling behind her – as she chased SOMETHING. Kevin thinks it may have been an Armadillo or something else that could move fast… because she was running fast! The whole campground could hear her barking and Kevin (trying not to) yell. Well believe it or not, we found Camper. Shaking and hiding underneath OUR camper. How she knew it was “home” is beyond me! The poor little thing was so scared. Kevin had to crawl under the camper to get her. He just held her in his lap, checking to make sure she wasn’t attacked or injured.  She was okay. Just scared.

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Camp Review #1: Make it livable!

 ~~~ Camp Review #1: Make it livable! ~~~~

Date(s) of Trip: April 16-20, 2018
Site #: 40 and 57

Location: Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero, FL
Total miles driven from last location: 5.4 miles!

Campground Info:

✅ State CG                Federal Land               National Park
KOA/Private/Other:       Boondocking (where)

Summary of facilities, activities or overall trip experience.

The GOOD – The BAD – The UGLY


We have camped at this campground literally about 20 times over the years.  It’s no frills.  For us, site 40 is the BEST site in the park. It’s on an end, so you only have neighbors on one side. Plus, there is a grassy section in front of the site which is GREAT to take the dogs for a quick “go” and a few cars can be there at night for visitors.

Site 57 was OK. But our camper plus parked truck was really too long for the site. So Kevin had to partially park in the road. Not idea. But no one complained.

We still had quite a bit to do Including purging more things – put in storage. Our closing on our home was Monday afternoon (16th). We had a 2-day sale that weekend on Friday-Saturday and then gave away and donated what didn’t sale via a popular “Free Curb Alert” on Craigslist and Marketplace on Facebook. After closing, we made one last walk through, got our dogs and hooked up our camper. Luckily, we had a short ways to go to the local state park. We’ve been there many many times over the years personally and with Boy Scouts.

We took this time to just get things better put away and organized. My goal was MAKE IT LIVABLE!

This also gave the dogs some time to get acclimated to camper living – especially our puppy. We also ran various errands and doctor appointments this last week in Fort Myers.

Kudos to the FPS to update site electric hookups. With this update , we assume that’s why a lot of the excessive palmetto bushes were overgrown into the sites has been cut back. That’s the biggest improvements we noticed.

BAD  After 2 nights, we had to switch sites because we really didn’t know how much time we’d need to get everything done. We stayed 4 nights total. We hadn’t been there since the park was closed for quite some time. One thing that didn’t change was sand. The sites were sandy and with us coming and going plus 3 dogs – sand was EVERYWHERE.

UGLY: no, not really. It’s a typical Florida state park. The bathrooms have always been so-so. During season, they have a lot of people camping there. But that’s just how it is.

Story to remember?
None at the park. We visited with each of our kids and family separately during the week.  We really weren’t in the Campground very much that week!

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