I am a bit overdue for this post, but the last month has been a bit of a blur. It seems that my girl’s birthday month just flies by with all the prepping I end up doing (and loving) for her birthday party. (More on that soon!) We’ve knocked a few more things off our Summer Bucket List and now it’s time to start sharing!
Earlier in June we took a little camping excursion down to Skidaway Island State Park, near Savannah, GA. We met up with some family and camped out for the weekend. I highly recommend checking out that park if camping is your thing and you are in the Savannah area. It is a beautiful park, full of education opportunities and lots of GeoCaching opportunities if you are into that sort of thing. Historic Savannah is a short drive away, as is Tybee Island if the beach is what your heart desires.
Our first evening there was full of setting up camp…our home for the weekend…
And getting reacquainted with cousins that hadn’t been seen in a while, and chilling out.
Turns out they have quite the raccoon population there. We had wandered over to a playground near our site, and shortly after, a dog chased this “little” fella out of a trash can and up a tree! See him just hanging out?
The kids also found creative ways to light up our site at night!
I think one of my favorite things about camping is cooking outside. While I didn’t do any of it this time, there was plenty to grub on!
My girl was up before the crack of dawn the first morning. So after a wake-me-up shower, we chilled out in our tent until everyone else woke up.
Did I mention my girl is my favorite barista? Thank goodness for Starbucks ice coffee packs (I’m not being paid by them, I just like them )
Early morning snacks…
Early morning snuggles…
And of course, a yummy breakfast with family!
Later in the day the crew wanted to search for a GeoCache at an observation tower that was on one of the park trails. It was a very pretty walk. I ended up carrying my girl in my carrier on my back for a good bit of the hike, she was pooped from the beach trip that morning. But she eventually perked up and trotted along.
We spotted pileated woodpeckers, tons of spanish moss and other critters…
Oh, and in case you didn’t know what a dead tree was…
Very educational! (hehehe!)
We finally made it out to the observation tower, and what a view!
Later that evening the park hosted a campfire with storytelling and s’more roasting. The guide was such a sweetie and full of information about the park. You could tell she really loves her job. We roasted our s’mores and were treated to a little “pixie dust” magic in the fire!
The next day, before we packed up our camp site, we wanted to explore the educational center that they offered. They have a decent collection of reptiles on display as well as artifacts found in the area. Apparently, a giant prehistoric sloth skeleton was found nearby in the coastal waters. That skeleton is now in the Smithsonian collection, but they have on display another skeleton (I think originally found in Florida)…and boy is it large!
Imagine walking up on this bad boy in the woods!
This park is full of critters big and smallish….
Needless to say we had a blast camping! It was a bit buggy, but fun none the less!
What have you crossed off your bucket list lately?