RVing with a Portable Dog Fence

April 22, 2023

We have been RVing for over a year now and have been “on the fence” about getting a portable dog fence.

Our pups loved having a yard to run around in and have missed that. But with Molly, our senior doxie, a reactor to some vaccines and cannot get them, it means we limit contact for both of them and avoid dog parks. That means they are on a leash if they are outside, or on their tie out if we are all out.

We have also had issues with some park resident’s pets either escaping or just being off leash, and wandering into our site. Since Luna and I were attacked a couple of years ago by a loose dog, we are very skittish. We like the idea of that additional barrier for when they, and we, are enjoying time outside.

On the other hand, it is extra money to spend and inventory to carry around. Some parks have limitations on height, or even if you can have them, so it is something else to think about. And since we move every week or two, it is an extra chore and time on set up and break down.

After going back and forth on it, we decided to give it a try, especially when we found an inexpensive option from Tractor supply (8 24″ panels with a gate were $39 at the time of this blog). We picked up two of them and set them up.

This particular set isn’t the sturdiest and doesn’t stake into the ground like some more expensive options, but it is extremely lightweight, folds up compactly, and works well for our little dogs. We opted to go around the back of our steps, so the two sets give them a good amount of space and they can go down the steps on their own if we leave the doors open on a nice day. The girls have enjoyed the freedom to be off leash. It is also light enough to be used indoors, a great option for when we travel and stay with friends or family and want to limit how far they can go or what they can get into.

We are currently at a park that doesn’t allow fencing, but, because it is lightweight and compact, it was easy to move them out of the way and set up. I’d love to get another set or two to give them more area and fence in our entire under awning area, but not sure we want to spend the money or have the cargo.

So, if you are like us and not sure, start with the less expensive option and only one set for a month or so. It will be a small investment and you can always add more panels or upgrade to another set once you have had a chance to try it.

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Why We Created “Our Travel Planner”

March 14, 2023

When we started this journey into full-time RV life a little over a year ago, we knew there would be a lot of information to keep up with. Being the organized person I am, I got a current road atlas, Planner, RV journal and an RV GPS device, plus I plugged things into our digital family calendar. This along with a couple of camping memberships with location maps and we were ready to travel plan!

Planning trips was not a new experience for us. We’ve been travelers for 30+ years, as kids with our families, solo adults, and as a family. But this brought on a whole new level of challenge with booking multiple reservations at a time over an extended period. The formerly used method of a travel itinerary wasn’t going to cut it, and all these resources were a lot.

First, we used our Google map and marked our membership locations that worked for us in the area we would travel in since we stay in state, mostly. And just added others as we traveled to other states. This helped a lot, but flipping through the books and having multiple calendars to update was too much. By last summer, a few months in, I was already planning a simpler method to combine all our info into one book. Such a thing didn’t exist, at least not that I could find.

By September, we were going through our notes and creating a template of what we wanted. It took us a lot longer than we expected, but we finally created our vision. We ordered our proof copy and started using it for a travel planning session and it worked just like I wanted.

It’s small enough to carry in my every day bag so I can always check it for scheduling purposes. While there are a few tweaks we will roll out with the 2024 version, this has already been great!

Let me give you a quick overview of the sections and why they are there. (If you purchase the book, there is a How To Use section that also breaks this down for you!)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION this information is about your rig to be kept close to make sure you will fit on routes, in spaces, and under overpasses.

MEMBERSHIPS AND PASSES this is for quick reference while planning, making reservations, or checking in and you don’t have data, a signal or your membership card handy.

YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE this is where for planning those big events for the year, or what months to be at home base or other places, such as for appointments or celebrations.

MONTH VIEW the YAG info is added to these pages along with times for specific appointments, but it is where we mark our travel plans. We also designed it to where weekends are together since this is a popular travel time or day.

RESERVATION SHEETS on these pages, list specific stay information from the reservation, such as location, price, deposit, balance due, spot number, phone number, address, check in/out times, and more. You can also rate the places to have as a reference for friends and family, or yourself for future visits. We put several in with each month, but there are extras in the back, if you need it.

THINGS TO DO LIST keep a list of places recommended or researched to do in the area of your reservation–this is a facing page to each reservation page so it stays together. This helps us with intentional travel if there is something we really want to see and don’t want to forget about, as well as ticketed attractions or reservations. We put several of these in with each month, too, but there are extras in the back, if you need it.

BUDGET SHEETS this is a great place to plan and track expenses for your travels to lessen surprises and overspending, especially for full-timers that struggle with balancing “living” and “vacation”. There’s a budget and an actual side to keep track.

CHECKLIST This is the checklist we use for our RV for setting up and departing. A checklist makes sure you don’t forget to do something, especially when you do it often. We also have a printed one we check off. If you need to customize one for you, you can find the template at our website http://www.barnesonmove.com and download it to tailor it to your needs.

MILEAGE AND MAINTENANCE These sections allow you to track your miles for each trip, as well as the maintenance you do on your vehicles. As it is varies from vehicle to vehicle, we didn’t put in specific times/mileage for the maintenance, but gave you a place to log it. Again, simplicity of one location.

NOTES This section allows you a place to add additional things you may need to track or remember, as well as extra reservation things to do pages if you need more than the monthly section has.

This book doesn’t have a page marker like a lot of day planners have, but I have found them to get knocked out or broken easily, and prefer a paper clip I move to the active month, or months I am currently planning, and it is more secure for me. I’ve been using it for several weeks and it has been so convenient to keep in my purse or backpack and have handy making appointments or talking with friends and family to connect in various areas.

If you are an active traveler with more than one trip planned at a time, this book is for you! While it is geared to RVers, it is still a helpful tool for other types of travel or camping. It is a great tool for you, or gift for other travelers in your life! I is the only planner you, or they, will need all year.

Currently, Our Travel Planner 2023 is being printed on demand through Amazon and can be purchased. We are aiming for a September release of our 2024 planner, so stay tuned for that by following our social media pages, listed below. If you are interested in a bulk order, contact us directly on our website BarnesOnMove .

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Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness in Florida

February 28, 2023

Our site at Fort Wilderness – 1400’s loop near the Meadow

Our family decided we would spend a week at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground to celebrate our Christmas this year. We waited until January, when the prices drop and time was more available in our schedule. We have stayed there before for both tent and RV camping weekends, so wanted to enjoy an extended stay and skip the parks to just enjoy the resort and resort hopping (an activity of just visiting the various resorts and strolling around to see the shops and enjoy a snack or meal).

The check in process is pretty simple, just have your photo ID and confirmation information readily at hand. You’ll get a map to your site and a key card for access to facilities after hours. As in any campground, drive slowly and with caution, there are lots of bikes, golf carts and pedestrians around.

The roads to the sites are one way and can be narrow if you are in a large vehicle or rig, so it may be good to get to your loop and stop and walk it to plan your approach. Being a one way loop road, traffic can build up quickly.

The sites themselves are spacious and the hookups are neat and easy to access. In the sites we’ve been in, they are about midway on the pad. Be mindful as you set up to keep your vehicle and any decor clear of the road so you aren’t an obstruction as you come and go. Our 5th wheel is 37 feet, but as we were trying to park in our site, the campers across from us had posts and lights right up to the road that we had to move to have enough swing to park. We moved them and put them back in place because they weren’t home at the time, or we would have asked them to do it.

The campground is a giant loop around which is nice for walking or navigating. There is a bus stop at the loop areas for getting around within the campground, if you don’t have bikes or carts and don’t want to pay to rent them. You can stop in all the areas of the park, or get transport to the front for busses to all the other parks and areas, or the back for transport to the Magic Kingdom.

In the middle is The Meadows, a recreation area with a pool, splashpad and rental area for canoes and kayaks along the waterways in the campground. It doesn’t appear they would allow personal SUPs or watercraft, but we didn’t ask and didn’t have time to use ours since it was cooler. There is a dog park on the outside of the loop about midway, and seems to be well maintained and has an area for both large and small dogs, as well as vehicle parking if you don’t want to walk.

At the front of the park you’ll find the main bus stop to connect to other parks and areas, the front office, and the horse barn. There is also overflow parking up front for dollies or spare vehicles, as well as guests.

At the back of the park, you’ll find the camp store, a play ground, the restaurants (both sit down and walk up), and the boat area for rentals and boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom. We had breakfast at the walkup restaurant and it was not only tasty, but a fair price, considering it is Disney property.

There are activity schedules and nightly movies and smores, so be sure to check the schedule they give you at check in.

Sidewalks are all around the park, but it does get dark at night, so be sure to have some sort of flashlight if you will be out after dark and not using the busses. They do enforce the bicycle helmet laws for children, so be sure to have those ready. Once confusion we ran into was that some cast members tell you to ride your bikes on the sidewalks, although they are not wide enough for two way traffic or for both pedestrian and bicycle, and there are blind corners. Just be sure to proceed with caution whichever surface you ride on. There are bike parking racks at the bus and boat stops for you to secure to if you are taking transportation. We forgot our bike chains, but never had an issues with them–but they are not electric either.

If you do want a golf cart/club car during your stay, the website does have information about renting them. At the time of our stay, they were $60-$80 per day and we prefer a bike ride anyway. If you do rent one, have some sort of lights or streamers to temporarily decorate with so it is identifiable in the sea of carts in the parking. Also be aware there are some Cart Only pathways and No Carts areas, so watch for signs.

Park admission is not required to stay at the campground, or any of the resorts, so that can save lots of money and you’ll still have plenty to do. We did end up spending one day at a park, courtesy of a friend with tickets. If you decide to enjoy the parks, be aware of the rotating additional hours at the parks for those staying in resorts and plan accordingly for transportation. The busses and boats can get pretty busy at peak times. We spent our time around work and school exploring the resorts, Disney Springs and The Boardwalk.

Another helpful tip, be flexible in your dates to stay–this can save you a lot of money. Our stay in January was a fraction of the cost to have stayed in December or February and we had a variety of sites to choose from.

While it does have resort prices and great amenities, it’s a bit lackluster in delivery and the sites are kind of small for larger rigs, making arrival, departure and setup a bit challenging. But it is very well maintained–all sites are washed down and reset before guests arrive.

There is resort wifi, but we didn’t use it much. We have Verizon cell service and I was able to work all week with no issues, even with tree coverage. Due to the tree coverage, Starlink won’t work well. We saw many people reaching theirs through the back of sites and out to open areas on the sidewalks for signals–not recommended.

This is a great location if you want to explore Disney property or visit the many things to do in the area. You can park your vehicle and won’t have to drive again, if you don’t want to! We did enjoy it, but are undecided on whether we will return, unless we have plans to visit parks. We had annual passes for 7 years, so have done a lot of it.

In my next blog post, I’ll go more in depth about navigating around the WDW Resort system using their free transportation, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it and other great information!

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Camping the Outer Banks at Oregon Inlet

January 25, 2023

Our truck and 5er at Oregon Inlet with the Milky Way visible. Used with permission from the Mister. Available for purchase at etsy.com/shop/lcbphotographystore

The Outer Banks has long been on my bucket list of places to travel. I was stationed in North Carolina decades ago, but never made the time to make the journey. On a road trip in 2016, we briefly traveled through and saw the Wright Brothers on a day trip.

So when the chance to go in the Fall of last year came up while on a trip to see family, we decided to jump on it.

November is off peak season, so cold weather, storms and many things closed are things to factor in, but we didn’t mind. It’s dark sky area and we managed to get there during New Moon, so we could see the Milky Way. It did not disappoint.

We chose to stay at Oregon Inlet, a part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore located on Nags Head, NC. Booking was through recreation.gov, and there are great maps and satellite views of the campground to get an idea of what spot you want to be in, or could fit into if you are a larger rig. There were many small ones, a few larger than us, and several about our size. This campground has many spaces that could accommodate our 37 foot 5th wheel without issue. There are electric and water hook ups at the RV sites and I believe the tent sites loop had them at several, as well. While there are no dumps at the sites, there is a dump station about a half mile away across the street at the marina at no cost.

Some of the spots back up to the dunes and you can easily walk out to the beach. The other side of the campground backs up to the highway and, during peak commuter times and during the day, there can be a lot of road noise, but it was pretty quiet from late evening to around 7AM. Bathhouses are onsite, but the showers are outdoor stalls and the hot water isn’t really hot, so be prepared if you plan to stay when it is very cold. There’s no laundry facility in the campground, but there were some in town. We didn’t use any, so none to recommend.

Driving on the beach as well as campfires are allowed as long as you get a permit, and there are other parts of the Outer Banks this applies to, as well. Be sure you to check the area. We didn’t opt for this since we wouldn’t get our money’s worth since it was windy and cold.

The family at Bodie Lighthouse, across from Oregon Inlet Campground

Since it is an island, many of the local attractions are going to be a drive, but all are worth it. There are 5 lighthouses along the Outer Banks and one, Bodie Lighthouse, is visible from the campground and easily drivable. While we were there in the off season, they were all closed for climbing, but the grounds were open, as were the visitor’s center, and are free to visit, so it was a great way to spend some time. There are museums and information centers with so much history and information about the area, as well as Roanoke Island with it’s history of lost settlements, Civil War battles and settlements.

While many restaurants close for the season, there are several local restaurants to try for meals and treats. If you visit, find a Duck Donuts–custom order donuts made while you wait! Seafood restaurants abound, as well as fast food, sit down, and options for breweries and taphouses.

If you venture south of Cape Hatteras, there are ferries to get around. Ocracoke Island does have a ferry on both the north end and south end. The ferry on the north end is free, whether a vehicle or RV, but the southern end ferry does have a cost, depending on the size of your vehicles, so research ahead of time. Some may need a reservation, but it’s mostly first come, first serve. In peak season, be prepared to wait a while. You can use this to connect all the way back to the mainland, and there are other campgrounds along the way to check out.

To the south you will find the wild ponies, more lighthouses, and a bit more of the island life charm since it isn’t as easy to reach due to ferry travel required.

We have visited in the heat of the summer and during a very cold snap in late fall. I recommend being prepared for the weather and researching and planning the indoor options to rotate into your visit to get a break from the sun and heat of summer, as well as the windy chill of Winter.

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Your New Favorite Burger Recipe

January 10, 2023

I am a self proclaimed cheeseburger connoisseur. I love a good cheeseburger and, with so many food allergies, it can be my go to meal.

I’ve experimented with various recipes over the year. When you live with a pepper allergy, boring meat seasonings are no fun. I have recently been using a go-to recipe that I love, my flavor-loving husband likes, and our picky kid enjoys. So let me share it with you!


  • 1 pound ground beef, 80%-85% lean (too lean and it won’t have good flavor)
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tbsp Lawry’s seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (we love colby, or a blend of colby and mozarella)

(these measurements are to the best of my knowledge since I don’t really measure much)

Mix these together in a mixing bowl well, then make 4 patties.

Heat your preferred cooking device (we love the Blackstone grill) to a medium/medium-high heat so that the patties will sizzle when placed on the grill. A great trick is to put a dent in the center of the patty to help prevent it from shrinking. Also, resist the urge to press it down with your spatula.

Cook to your desired temperature, flip, then remove from heat and allow to rest and trap those juices in.

Another thing I like to do is butter and toast the buns on the griddle for a few minutes, this gives it a warmth and flavor that compliments well.

For my fellow cheeseburger fans, add a slice of your favorite cheese on top and add your toppings!

Happy eating!

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Camping at Salt Springs Recreational Area – Ocala National Forest

December 22, 2022

While Florida may be best known for its beaches and amusement parks, the thousands of springs in the state are a definite popular attraction.

For centuries, people have visited and lived near these fascinating areas for their life giving water. In fact, if you are near springs, you are probably not too far from a burial mound from the indigenous days, and all sorts of artifacts have been found around them. Thousands of springs have been discovered already, and more are still being discovered because of how Florida is structured over the aquifer.

I grew up in Central Florida and have camped at several of these campgrounds, and spent the days enjoying the flowing waters of some, explorations of others, and searching for shells and sharks teeth at others. Each has something different to offer, so it is worth a trip to several. During peak seasons in summer, if you aren’t there early for day use, you may not get in. But dozens have campgrounds attached to them, which allow for use in the day use areas.

This week, our family enjoyed camping at Salt Springs in Ocala National Forest. The campground offers both paved RV camping as well as primitive tent and off-road RV camping. The full hook up campsites are a good size, fitting our 37 foot rig with room for our truck in front on site 24. There’s overflow parking if your RV is larger and the vehicle doesn’t fit entirely in the spot. The sites are paved and mostly level, which is impressive since there are several hills throughout. There’s a picnic table, grill and firepit at the sites, as well as a tall pole and hook, possibly for lights or a lantern. While I am not certain of the pole’s purpose, I can tell you to check carefully before setting up–we had to hook up and move up a few inches when we couldn’t open our outdoor kitchen–a detail we missed since we were focusing on the slides and not the trees.

The area is peaceful, but not entirely silent. It is near a major road with lots of daytime traffic and the sound of families around the campfire in the evening. But most campers are respectful of the quiet hours and settle down if you are an early sleeper.

There’s a camp store with basic supplies a short walk away, and just down the road, within biking distance, is a small grocery, a Dollar General, a laundry mat and pizza shop, as well as the post office, should you need it.

The swimming area is in one section and has a shop with floats, towels and snacks, but isn’t open during the week, or at least wasn’t while we were here this week. There were manatees enjoying the springs while we were here and it was such a treat to see them silently swimming around.

Down another lane near the primitive camping section, there is a boat launch if you bring your boat, kayak or paddleboard. Rentals are also available if you don’t have your own.

There are a few hiking trails through the area, but, unfortunately, they were closed while we were here due to hurricane debris still needing cleared and paths recut. There is also a basketball court, horseshoes, cornhole, and shuffleboard all in the camping area. If you are gathering with a large group, there’s a large covered pavilion next to the basketball courts with picnic tables, grill and firepit.

This campground also offers several dog stations with bags and a disposal can, and we didn’t notice any issues of owners not cleaning up after their pets on our visit.

There are several other springs and things to see and do not too far from here, if you choose to venture away from camp, so there is plenty to do.

If you have work to do, or need to use the internet, we had a good signal and no issue with our Verizon service. Our Dish Network satellite picked up signal without issue, so my guess is Starlink would also work well, although I didn’t see any here while out and about.

If you are looking to stay here, book through recreation.gov and don’t forget to use your membership for a discount, if you have a national parks pass. They do have some first come, first serve spots most of the time (these show as FF on the website), so if you are passing through, you may find a spot. If you are coming with other people but can’t find sites available next to each other, just ask up front if they can help since they sometimes get cancellations and can move you together (but be gracious if they can’t).

There are several Campground Managers here, so if you are looking for a Workcamping spot, definitely check this place out.

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RV’ing – Renting a Lifestyle

September 16, 2022

Many people dream of the RV lifestyle, whether it is visions of short or long term, full time, seasonal or weekend travel. It can be challenging to find an RV that meets all the needs, let alone all the wants, and that isn’t even factoring in the cost of that RV.

Some RV’s, especially new ones manufactured during the last few years of increased demand and prices of materials, have gone up dramatically. It isn’t unusual for them to cost $50,000 for smaller ones and over $100,000 for larger or drivable RV’s. Clearly they are not a good financial investment–they are a vehicle, and therefore, a consumable. Depreciation is high and you aren’t likely to get your money out of it for what you put into it. But before you let the sticker shock turn you away from those dreams of open spaces and freedom, let’s look at another perspective.

Try looking at it as though you are renting a lifestyle and possibly getting your deposit back at the end. Here’s what I mean.

Most finance companies look for 10-20% as a down payment, then monthly payments ranging from 10 years to 15 or 20 years, depending on the price tag. There is a lot of wear and tear, so a lot of routine maintenance, as well as any personalization you may do to your rig (not recommended if it is something you are looking to get money out of-but that’s a blog for another day). However, you aren’t renting hotels or cabins, dining out at restaurants and stopping for gas station bathrooms every break as you travel. That means you are saving money on those expenses. You don’t have to unpack and repack, and you can have a lot of your familiar items with you–and your pets can come with you, in most cases. Plus, you own this vehicle. It is still an asset–even more so when it is paid for free and clear. Unless it is totaled, you will always be able to get something out of it.

When you are ready to move to a different rig (which a lot of people do) or to a different hobby or dream, you’ll sell it and recover a little of your spending back, but just as with any other vehicle you buy, you won’t get it all back in most cases.

So, find that RV, negotiate a reasonable deal that won’t set you back financially, and enjoy the life you dream of, however long or short that season may be. Happy travels!

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Camping Without Gear – Campground Cabins and Tiny Homes

June 3, 2022

Campgrounds have been making that outdoor lifestyle available for people who don’t own gear, but many people aren’t even aware that there are options out there.

While purchasing tents, campers, and all the gear needed for these adventures can be costly and take up storage space you may not have, there are other options.

Many of your campgrounds and parks that allow camping have added cabins and tiny houses in recent years that come fully equipped with everything but the fun, and include access to on site amenities–just bring your food and clothes.

While the prices can range from $50 a night for a simple cabin to $150 a night for a fully equipped tiny house and up, depending on location, time of year and amenities included. There are campgrounds and parks near many places you may be visiting to sight see or visit family, for a cross country road trip, or even seasonal visits for travel or work (some let you rent by the month for extended stays, but there may be additional costs for utilities, so be sure to check).

While researching this option, be sure to check what features and supplies are included in your cabin rental. Also, be sure to check on whether pets are allowed as many will only allow service animals. We have stayed in some that were just a structure with beds, AC and lights, and a porch, but there are others that have full kitchens and include all linens and dishes, just like a hotel or Airbnb would have.

If you find a camping chain you like, look into memberships. KOA and Good Sam’s, for example, earn you discounts with your memberships. State and National Parks also have memberships that can help with your rates, as well, so be sure to look into all options to see what is best for you and your camping party.

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Roos and Coos Farm & Harvest Hosts – Our First Experience With Both

May 24, 2022

Last month, we had our first Harvest Hosts experience at a local farm called Roos and Coos Farm. First of all, if you don’t know what Harvest Host is, it is an RV membership that allows you to stay overnight for free and locations all over the US. They can be farms, wineries, breweries, museums and much more. They won’t have hookups so you will have to boondock (camp unplugged with what your RV can provide or a generator, if allowed) but it is a great chance to experience some neat places.

Roos and Coos Farm is in Plant City, Florida and is a rescue. Marlene, our host, is very friendly and kind, to both people and the animals she cares for. She told us they had all sorts of animals when her kids were growing up and took in pets of friends, as well. They have turned it into a non-profit rescue and provide homes to all kinds. We saw a variety of animals including Watusi cattle, Coos cow, sheep, kangaroo, raccoons and many others. They were just finishing up a new aviary when we visited and we hope to return to see the finished product.

There was a nice size area for our 36 foot 5th wheel, however, the road is narrow with no turn around and the gate access isn’t large, so be sure you are a confident driver since there is no turn around and it is a one way street.

It was quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed it, as did our pups since it is pet friendly!

There are places to eat and visit nearby. We ventured over to Keel and Kurley Winery, another Harvest Host location, for a drink then hung out at the farm.

Whether you want to camp or just want to visit while passing through, tours are available by appointment, so reach out and schedule, it is worth the stop. There is no cost, but they do accept donations to support the animals, and they have an amazon wish list, if you want to support them.

We look forward to so many other Harvest Host locations in our travels!



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The Best Lunch Break – Walking Through the Woods

April 4, 2022

Last week we stayed at the Peace River RV and Camping Resort in Wauchula (south Central Florida) that is along the Peace River. It is a beautiful area with varying lengths of hiking trails, and we decided to take our lunch outside to enjoy it.

It was one of those late spring Florida days that are cool in the morning and warm during the day, but not so humid that you are miserable. We packed some sandwiches into a Tupperware box, filled our water bottles and stopped at the camp store for some chips before heading out for the 1.5 mile trek.

It meanders in and out of the trees, bouncing between the river and campsites. Being midday, we saw insects, birds and squirrels, alligators and fish in the river, and evidence of wild boar, but no other wildlife. A variety of trees and plants played up the midday sunlight and were stunning.

We stopped along the clear river and enjoyed our lunch. It looks like the spot we chose was a popular spot and someone had attempted to make a lean-to from branches and palm fronds.

Today the river was moving quickly, but clear enough, even with the brown-tinge, to see the various sandbars and rocks along the bottom. Sitting along the banks, rock and sand were carved by higher water levels and faster currents. It was clear this is the dry season and this shallow and wadable stream could be a powerful force of nature. Some families were panning for shark’s teeth and other treasures along some of the sand and gravel bars. We hope to get out there and try our luck before we leave.

While we were only out there for an hour, it was certainly an enjoyable break in the day’s work. We returned a few more times over the week, especially to look for shells and fossils. We found a great one of a plant and it came home with us.

There were a few other places we ventured out to explore along the Peace River nearby–Pioneer Park Animal Refuge and Pioneer Museum and Payne’s Creek Historical State Park. We learned a lot about this area, and enjoyed the peaceful area, and that it hasn’t been inundated with development. I look forward to a return visit and many more walks in the trees to see how it changes with the seasons.

What is your favorite outdoor lunch memory? I’d love to hear about it! Until next time, follow or interact with me on Twitter @AddictedtoTeac1

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