Sunday, June 12, 2011

South-East Tour Day 1 - Big Lagoon State Park

Today we drove form our home in Tallahassee to Big Lagoon State Park.
Kim and I woke up around 7:30 this morning and we started doing the final stretch of loading up the Volkswagen, and cleaning up the house.  I made a breakfast of eggs, hash browns and toast.  The girls are usually up between 7:30 and 8:30, but when they where still not up around 9:00 we went ahead and woke them.  After feeding everyone and getting them ready for the day, we headed out.  We had to drop off Mollie with a pet sitter Kim found on Craig's List, and then we left town.
I drove the first leg of the trip all the way to Fort Walton Beach, taking Highway 20 almost the whole way. We dropped by a Subway for lunch, but ate in the car.
We arrived at the campsite around 4:30, making our trip around five hours, including the stopping for food and gas.  The kids where mostly well behaved on the trip, with the usual "I'm tired", "I'm hungry", and "How far?" along the way.  The bus held up like a champ the whole way too.
Nick and his family had stayed the previous night at one of the two campsites we had reserved, the night before. Him and my grandparents where already in their site when we arrived.
After getting settled in, Nick helped us install a boat seat in the back for Kim to sit in while I drove.  He also helped me install second cigarette lighter in the dash, which is going to be crucial so I can charge my phone, and have another appliance, such as a fan, going.
The beach at Big Lagoon isn't really the nicest in Florida, but the kids surely didn't mind.  The water here is very calm, and there where plenty of other children around our children's age to keep them company.  Aurora had something sting her on her chest so Kim took her back to the camp grounds.  Towards the end Arianna and I made a big sand castle, which was nothing more than a big pile of sand we made from digging a hole in the beach and laying the sand from it in one big pile.  We found a hermit crab that we put in our hole, which was full of water, and declared our crab as being a citizen of our castle, which we where the rulers of.  After that it was time to head back to start getting things prepared for dinner.  Arianna lost her Star Wars sunglasses somewhere in the water.
Kim and Ashley went to the store to get supplies, since raccoons ate all the food Nick and Ashley had purchased the previous night.  Nick cooked up a meal of cheese burgers, corn and baked beans.  We spent the rest of the night with the kids keeping an out for raccoons that where constantly on the alert to find some abandoned plate of food.
We finally wound down the night with Kim taking Aurora to the showers, Athena sleeping with Nick's family, and me putting Arianna down to bed.
All of the kids have agreed that so far they are having a really great time and are very excited about the nights to come.