|Camping in the Tent|
When we arrived at Highlands Hammock, it was dark out, but we used the lighting from the RV and our lanterns to get our tent together. It was not hard to put together, but I was glad that John and Cretia helped us.
Highlands Hammock State Park, is one of Florida oldest parks. It was opened in 1931! There are various nature trails to take, biking, tram tours and something I was not expecting. Black Bears!
When I found this out, I wanted to re-think the tent idea. I did not have bear spray on me. That first night, I woke at every little sound, listening for heavy breathing of a bear. Thankfully we did not see one, but I did hear little critters walking near the tent throughout the night. Read about Black Bear Safety.
I woke up the next morning before Nadia, and decided to open the zipper to my window in my "room". We have a three room tent.
When I looked out my window, I actually saw two deer running away into the woods behind us! I was pretty excited about that and wished Nadia could have seen them too. We do not get to see a lot of deer where we live, so it is exciting when we actually get to see them.
After everyone was up and we had breakfast; we got ready to bike ride into town. I believe it was 9 miles each way. We ended up going to a small mall and then we ate lunch at a restaurant! Here we were supposed to be camping LOL.
When we got back to the park, we went to ride our bikes to the various hiking trails. During the month of October, Highlands Hammock runs a haunted tram ride on select nights. I wished they had it running that weekend. It sounded fun!
There were some interesting trails to hike. Like always, be aware of your surroundings. We were not expecting to see this big guy. Luckily we were on the boardwalk and he was below us.
Here's a really swampy area:
Now, check out this boardwalk! It was pretty narrow with only a handrail on one-side. It was an interesting adventure.
There are a Thousand Year Old Oak Trees found in the park.
In this area, you can actually sit out here and watch the deer come out in the evening.
The Park also has a nice looking Visitor's Center, but we were too late and they were closed.
We arrived back at the campsite and it was time to start making the hamburgers and hot dogs.
I slept a lot better the second night, even though my air mattress got a hole in it 😦
We really enjoyed this park and I would definitely come back here and camp again. I just hope the tram will be working then.
You can read more about Highlands Hammock State Park and make sure to read all alerts before you travel.
|The Sunning Anhinga Wall Tapestry|