• Camping Gear,  Kayaking

    Kayak Supplies For Amateurs

    If you have read my blog about Blue Spring State Park, you already know that this was our first time taking the kayak out on the water. This was a great place to start for amateurs. The workers at the launch site were very helpful. The water was relatively calm and not overcrowded with other boaters. Plenty of room to work out the kinks and learn how to kayak. It took my husband awhile to get his balance with the kayak and learn how to maneuver it. Evidently it is different from a paddling a canoe. He quickly got the hang of it and paddled up and down the St.…

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  • Campsites,  Florida Parks,  Florida Springs,  Kayaking

    Blue Spring State Park

    It was such a gorgeous day in Florida we decided to finally try out the kayak. We chose a spring close to our home, Blue Spring State Park. The spring is located in Orange City, Volusia County. This is a popular park on the weekends especially November-March when the Manatees are wintering here. The park will not allow cars in when it reaches capacity. Arrive early if possible. We of course didn’t and had a small wait to get in. It was worth it! Manatees If you are ever in Florida in the winter months this is such a beautiful park to observe Manatees. The water is crystal clear. It…

  • Amateur Camper

    New Year, New Logo

    Happy New Year Amateur Camper is officially one year old! It’s hard to believe my little idea for a blog has grown so much in one year. I hope to continue to grow this coming year, with more blog posts, camping recipes, and product reviews. There are several campgrounds we are scouting out to visit and explore in the coming months. We are hoping to do a camping trip that lets the boys try out their new mountain bikes they got for their December birthdays. Believe it or not, Florida does have some great mountain bike trails. We can’t wait to get the boys out on them. We also want…

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