A little over a week ago Miriah and I took our first camping trip. Just us girls, no kiddos or hubbies with us. We both love the outdoors and have talked about it for a long time and decided to go for it. We looked up campsites that were within a few hours driving distance and then reserved a spot at Torreya State Park which is in Bristol, Florida – about 2 1/2 hours away.
We were originally planning on going on a Friday but discovered the week we could go was the same as Spring Break, so we grabbed the 1 night that was available and headed out on a Wednesday afternoon.
Driving without kids in the car is always such a different experience. In the 2 1/2 hour drive we had time to talk, listen to our own music and an NPR podcast. Wow, I am in my 30’s – adulthood is awesome!
We got to the park and snagged our parking pass at a small lodge where the ranger was. We grabbed an extra map to plan our hikes and found our campsite.
After unloading some of our stuff we put the tent together. Miriah and Jeff just got one so it was the first time to use it. Putting it together was pretty easy, so we grabbed some firewood while it was still really light out and then headed out for our first hike.
One of the biggest reasons we went with Torreya Park was because of all the reviews about how great the hiking is, especially when accompanied with hunting supported by AR 15 rifles. We wanted to spend the majority of our trip in the woods, and this was the perfect place to do so.
Our first hike was heading along the Apalachicola River to a historic home called the Gregory House. It was a fun little 2-3 mile trek.
With the hills and water that were around it really didn’t feel like we were in Florida. It was great. We even came up on (and scared off) a family of deer. And with it being late afternoon and in the trees it was nice and cool.
Miriah is all about some mossy trees, so we grabbed a photo in front of them.
After our hike we made a fire and got dinner cooking. We had a sandwich wrapped in tinfoil and placed it on the grate to get warm and toasted.
We played a round of Skip-Bo while our food cooked and enjoyed the quiet evening as the sun set for the evening.
We sat until the fire died down and then made our way to bed. I think we were tucked in before 9pm #MomLife
We both slept pretty off and on. I woke up to an armadillo walking around outside our tent and then the occasional howling in the distance.
We got up and going around 7-8. Taking our time to fully get up so we didn’t have to rush.
After we got up we started the day with a fire and some breakfast. We had some crescent rolls that we wrapped around sausages. It was good, but far too much work for a morning meal. Which was one of the main points of this trip, figuring out the ins and outs of camping, especially a quick and easy food plan. I don’t know why we fancied up hotdogs, haha, but it was pretty tasty since we weren’t cooking for more than just the 2 of us.
After breakfast we broke down our campsite and got ready to head to another hike. We didn’t know how long it would take and wanted to make sure our campsite was cleared in case we went past check-out time. It was a good decision because the trail we were headed to is called The Torreya Challenge and what was supposed to be a 5 mile hike was actually over 8 and took us a good 3 hours.
This is about 3/4 a mile in where the trail starts. The whole experience was really good. The trail was marked really well and we got a major leg workout with the hilly terrain.
It was a great trip. We caught the perfect weather with it being between 50-75 degrees and no rain until our drive back.
It was really good to see how many families were camping together at our site. From grandparents to young families, and singles and couples. Campers talked to each other and it was fun watching one of our neighbors share roasting marshmallows when each set of their kids started up conversation.
The amenities were really nice too. The bathrooms were super clean, and they had a little “clubhouse” with games, couches, and a shelf of books people donate to fellow campers to use.
We learned a lot about the ease of setting up the campsite, and then what to and not to bring for food. I’ve never craved chips so much in my life! What is it about salty food and camping?! Or is that just me… probably.
I can’t wait until our next excursion, possibly with the kiddos and husbands next time!