We pulled into Grayton Beach State Park at 2:30 am. Our campsite was sweet, right on a dune lake with a kayak launch directly at the back of our site.We went to bed listening to the hum of the cicadas, happy to be back in Florida.
The next morning we surveyed our surroundings.
We decided to launch the kayaks and explore the dune lake.
There are only a few hundred dune lakes in the world. They are found exclusively in Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar, Oregon, and the Florida gulf coast.They are mostly freshwater, with only a bit of salt entering through severe storms and seepage, and heavily colored by tannins from surrounding vegetation.
We crossed the dune lake and were just a stones throw from the Gulf beach, so we parked the kayaks and went for a quick dip.
Coast to coast to coast!!
Having seen the ocean, we were ready to fully explore the dune lake.
After exploring for over an hour with no signs of gators, the kids decided it was time for a dune lake dip. They acted as our motors for a bit while Sky and I sat back and relaxed.
We arrived back at our campsite and had to prepare for checkout. This little guy reminded us we were getting close to home.
After leaving our campsite, we played in the ocean a bit more.
We pulled into our dirt road at 10pm. Lotus was literally jumping up and down as if it were Christmas morning! When we arrived at the dome, he ran out as fast as his legs would carry him and kissed the ground!! For a boy of 10, a month is long time to be away from your home.
We're settling in now, and preparing for summer camp and glass orders. These things are fulfilling in and fun, but they also will provide resources for our next Summertime Adventures!