I write articles on travel, from camping to glamping. Each experience and review is my own. I hope you enjoy reading about my experiences!
Life is a journey, not a destination.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Camping is just one way of getting away and relaxing, or is It? Not everyone likes tent camping, the setup, and tear down. the bugs, the sleeping in places other than a bedroom can deter some from tent camping.
Tent camping takes a little work, and the children may enjoy this more than some adults, but if it’s for you there are many places to getaway. There are literally thousands of campgrounds, state parks, mountains, and rivers where you can pop up a tent and enjoy being out in nature.
Our First Tent Camping Experience
When we bought our tent, the first place we went was to Little Talbot Island near Jacksonville, Florida. We chose this because it was not far from home, and since we were new to tent camping if anything were to go bad, we were close to home.
The weather for the weekend we chose was perfect May weather, not too hot, not too cold. The temperature during the day was in the camping 60s and cooled down to the 50s at night. But like most days in Florida, there is always that unexpected afternoon shower.
Being new to camping, we were not prepared. We did not bring a grill or frying pan, we also did not anticipate that the afternoon shower to come during dinner. We did try to make the best of it, and little wet shish kebobs were left on the menu.
Little Talbot Island Campground and State Park
The Little Talbot campground is small compared to most, with only 39 sites, it is well laid out. The sites are not totally private but are surrounded by some bushes and trees, and all have a fire pit, electricity, and water. The restrooms were close, and there is a playground and a lake for fishing.
The downfall of this campground for us was that it is across the street from the Little Talbot State Park, and it’s quite a hike if you are walking to the beach. If you drive your car, it’s across the street and a mile or so drive to the parking areas.
The Park covers a 2,500-acre island and is very well maintained with dunes, ferns, palms, and pines. It’s also the home of many Florida wildlife lie river otters, Bobcats, turtles, and migrating birds.
There are two parking areas and five boardwalks. The bath and showers are large, clean, and modern. The sound of the crashing waves can be heard as you walk through the dunes from the parking areas to the beaches.
Quiet and Serene
The beach is not very crowded and has five miles of grey-white sand beach and three miles of bike trails. If you like a quiet place to read or sunbathe this is a nice place to visit. There is a small fee to enter, but if you are camping across the street, you can reenter at no extra charge.
Sunrise and Sunset
The sunrises are well worth getting up early and sitting out at the beach, and the sunsets can be seen from the lake behind the campground. We stayed for two days, and overall, this first-time tent camping experience was very nice and kept us wanting more.
Jiberish (author) from florida on September 09, 2021:
Yes they are fun, and with everything going now a days, it's really the only way to spend some time outdoors. You should do it....
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 09, 2021:
I haven’t been camping for a long time. Your article makes me want to do it again. The area that you visited sounds and looks lovely.
Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on September 08, 2021:
Beautiful area! Camping seems appealing especially for a short time.