At the end of February, I got to take an epic road trip with one of my homeschooling best buds. We covered about 1700 miles over 6 days, with visits to some beautiful places. We stayed in a hotel our first and last nights and then camped each night in between. I cannot even begin to describe how much fun we had and how much learning happened along the way. All photos in the post are from Tina Carter, because she is amazing 🙂
Our first stop was Congaree National Park, which preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States. The camping sites were primitive, with no flush toilets or available water and the sites are a short walk from the parking area. It was very beautiful and I loved being surrounded by the Loblolly Pines.
The park has a boardwalk trail through the swamp. Much of it was flooded and we got quite wet. we almost even lost Alice’s boot in the swamp!
A great thing about the National Parks is the Jr. Ranger program. There is a multipage handout the kids must complete with activities and then they get sworn in as a Jr. Ranger and get their own pin or badge (the hats were something we bought and the girls wore them for most of the trip!)
We also had to find time to practice violin on the trip, as Greta had a big festival when we returned.
From there we headed to Crooked River State Park in Georgia so we could head to Cumberland Island National Seashore. We originally wanted to camp on Cumberland Island, but unfortunately they were all booked up. Still, we took the ferry over and it did not disappoint.
Our next stop was Blue Spring State Park in Florida to see the manatees in their wintering grounds. This was by far the most touristy place we went.
From here we began to the drive back towards Kentucky, with an overnight in a hotel in Atlanta. On the way to Atlanta we stopped at Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge where we got to see alligators and lots of beautiful birds.
Thanks again to Tina for pushing me to take the trip. I am so happy with homeschooling and the flexibility it gives us to experience the world in this way. I mean, I can’t even believe this is my life sometimes!