My little brother is getting ready to go off to college and we wanted to plan a special family getaway with him before classes started. My dad and I planned a 3 day camping trip to Tim's Ford State Park in Winchester, Tennessee by Tim's Ford Lake. It was a sunny, humid, and very hot Friday morning when my brothers picked me and my daughter's up for this fun filled weekend. We loaded up in the car and jammed to some good spanish music as we headed off to the state park.
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It was about a 2 hour drive from my home, which felt like an eternity for us. When we arrived, unloaded, and set up camp, we decided to get some lunch/dinner and head out for a nice walk by the lake to view the sunset. We went up on the bridge and just stopped in awe as we watched the sunrays shimmer off the water and the turtles swimming. It was soon after we saw the cute little turtle that my daughter dropped her flip flop in the lake. Yes! That's my daughter Bella alright. My brother Alex and I decided to go grab the paddle board and take it out before darkness hit, well... and to retrieve the floating shoe. Of course as soon as we came back some kayakers had already retrieved the shoe for my daughter. That didn't stop my brother and I from going for a paddle though. We both sat on the paddle board and paddled out to the end of the bay where we met up with my dad, stepmom, other brother, and my daughters.
We then headed back to camp through the woods and it was so cool. All of the woods were lit up by lightning bugs. Yes! Tons and tons of lightning bugs flying around. It was so pretty. I've never seen so many lightning bugs in one area before.
After showers my brothers and I sat around and talked. It was such a great moment to finally have some father daughter and brother bonding time like we used to growing up. We talked about everything, catching up on all the stuff we have missed out on in each other's lives due to the military separating us from our family the last several years. That night my brother Alex and I ended up passing out on the hammocks talking about silly things and starring at the stars.
The next day we got up to a beautiful day and started off with a delicious breakfast. Right afterwards my brothers and I headed out to the lake to go paddle boarding. We might of pushed the limit on my board as all 3 of us sat down and paddled like if we were 3 little kids excited to be on the board. Yes I may be 27 but I still am a child at heart sometimes, especially with my little brothers (who FYI are bigger then me now).
Right before lunch we were lucky to have my husband arrive, and luckily with an extra pair of flip flops for my daughter as hers had gone through hell and back. They got lost in the lake and then ended up breaking while she was running around. Thank God I was prepared though with extra shoes (click to see my post on the "10 Must Haves When Camping With Kids"). We finally finished preparing lunch and sat down to eat some delicious vegetarian haystacks immediately followed by some of us taking a nap.
That night we gathered around the campfire and told stories as well as made s'mores. Yummy, delicious s'mores. Yes I have a sweet tooth. We finished the night off and headed to bed shortly after a creepy crawly bug scared the living poops out of me. I think that was the highlight of the whole trip for my brother seeing me jump, scream, and hop across the campsite cause as if Freddy Krueger was after me.
The next day we had a quick breakfast and tore down our camp but not without going to the marina for some ice cream. Sadly the rain put an end to our Sunday but all around the trip was pretty memorable and that is what camping is all about. Bonding and spending time with your family and friends and making memories that will last you a lifetime. These will be days that my daughters will look back and be like, "Mom remember that one camping trip when you thought that bug was going to kill you?" or when I go like, "Bella, remember that one camping trip when you lost your shoe and after running with my board to rescue it someone else already did." Or even the many times my brothers and I flipped our board out in the middle of the lake. Yes. Very fun and memorable times.
Camping At Tim's Ford State Park
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