We had a fabulous weekend at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon, Florida. This is a wonderful park and we have the pleasure of staying here for two full weeks. Early last week, while we had our own site reserved for only a few days, we learned we could move into a first-come, first-served site and occupy it for up to 14 days. So, we did. We are taking advantage of all 14 days. The sites are huge and well-manicured. The restroom facilities are super clean. The pool and laundry are awesome extras, and then there is the river. Ah, the wonderful river.
So, we haven’t even been over to the main state park yet. We’ve tried – but it always seems to be raining when we decide to go over. The campground, you see, is separate from the main state park entrance. To access the main Springs, you either have to kayak there (which is what we hope to do this week) or drive the six miles. The weather forecast shows this week to be fabulous and sunny. Here’s hoping….
This past weekend, we had Chris’ family come up to visit. The weather on Saturday was spectacular. We unloaded the kayaks and took turns taking brief trips down the river and back. The river was loaded with other kayakers, scuba divers (yes, scuba divers!), boaters, and even some folks swinging from a tree and jumping into the river. A good time was being had by all! My nieces and nephews enjoyed swimming in the river (the campground has a designated swimming area in the river). And, a few folks were fishing in the area and the kids loved seeing the fish and trying to catch their own fish with a net.
Our day started with a surprise. We noticed our neighbors, who had a very large tent, had replaced their large tent with a much smaller one the night before and then departed that morning. They had informed us that their other tent leaked during the night when some heavy rain, more like torrential downpours, came through the area. Later that morning, before the arrival of our guests, Chris took our trash over to the dumpster and noticed our neighbor’s large tent, its bag, and all of the necessary pieces and parts sitting nicely in the dumpster. He came back to the trailer heartbroken. Sure, the tent leaked but it was still a nice tent. He hated seeing it in a dumpster.
So, when family arrived he asked his sister and her husband, who have four children, if they were interested in doing a little dumpster diving and saving the tent. Yep. They were. Chris and Tim came back with the tent and set it up at our site. After inspection, the tent looked okay. They wiped it down and let it dry out for the day. My sister-in-law said that as they pulled into the campground that morning she commented how much she wished they had a tent for the entire family. Well…thanks to our neighbors, looks like they may get to enjoy a family camping outing…in dry weather, of course. So, thank you neighbors. For the very large Coleman tent that you deemed junk is now a treasure to a family of six! The kids were excited and were content to play in the tent as dinner was being prepared.
We finished off our family day with a cookout and campfire. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to do the S’mores as it was getting late and everyone had a long drive home. The S’mores will have to wait until the next family outing. But, it was a full day of fun at Rainbow Springs State Park. I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area.