I thought I would do a series this Summer on fun and frugal day trips, available to those that live in the Wiregrass area.
Recently, our Lilly Rose turned the big 11!! Yep, we are now proud parents to a tween and coming up sixth grader. Every year we give our girls an option of two things:
- They can have a party somewhere in town and invite their classmates.
- We can take a day or overnight trip somewhere close and enjoy our time as a family.
This year she wanted to go camping but not in a tent. So, I started researching cabins close by and after a recent trip to the Florida State Caverns, we decided Marianna, FL would be a perfect place to start our search.
I soon found a small cabin, right on the edge of Merritt's Mill Pond, in the Arrowhead Campsite.
The view was absolutely just spectacular.
There's a dock located right in front of Cabin 1, that provides beautiful views of the water and lots of fish. You can fish from the dock but keep in mind you will have to purchase fishing license. Also, if you are looking to catch a larger fish, it's probably best to do so in a boat. The water in this pond is very clear and makes looking at different fish, snells, or even turtles very easy. Actually, our last day there we had our breakfast on the dock and watched a turtle lay an egg right off the pond's edge.
We decided, after we arrived, that we would slip into our swimming suites and explore the park, on our way to the pool. That's when we ran across the Sons of Duckarchy.
The story behind these guys is this....they were meant for the pond. For some reason they took up under a park resident's RV and that's the place they call home. There was roughly about 20 ducks living under his RV. They were beautiful to look at but they were so loud when you walked by them. They are very friendly and just wanted some bread. The only time we ruffled their feather, so to speak, was when we noticed one had a limp and Barry attempted to check on him, bad idea..lol. Other than that they were very friendly. After realizing they knew the guest game for bread, we tried to avoid them the rest of the stay, so we wouldn't disturb the resident that lived there. I couldn't imagine trying to watch TV or read a book with those guys going at it outside.
Their pool was extremely immaculate! I have never been to such a well maintained pool and this includes Water World. The pool was the highlight of our girls' evening and we even made two trips on our first day there. The water is clear and has spots of cold water coming through, which made us wonder if it may have been spring fed? It was a nice size and went from 3 to 9 ft. There were plenty of loungers out to sun in.
We went back to the cabin to rest a bit before starting to grill and setting up our little birthday party.
I have to say that they inside is a true cabin experience. It's a small one room cabin with a set of bunk beds, full size bed, and half bath (You can shower within the park and they do give you a code for the shower rooms). You do have some modern things needed like a full size fridge, A/C, and microwave. Things that you might go in withdrawals over, say a TV or WIFI, are not provided. Though, we did read they do provide cable if you brought your on TV. For us we made a trip to the library prior to leaving for some wonderful reading material and our Bibles, because nothing beats God's word with a wonderful sunset or sunrise on a fishing dock, where the fish LITERALLY jump out of the water. The girls also brought their drawing supplies and turns out....they found their own fun....bed forts with their sleeping bags.
Later, we fired up the grill. The campsite does provide you a grill and picnic table, so we set out to turn our little table into a luau. Lilly's inspiration were 2 Minion luau cups she found at the Dollar Tree and she decorated around those. All the décor and even the sparklers came from the Dollar Tree.
We grilled hot dogs, had chips, Diet Cherry 7 up, and a requested cookie cake.
I know you are wondering "Doots"? It's been her nickname since she was about a month old. It originally started out as Doodlebug :) I used ready to bake cookies, placed them in a tin from the grocery store for easy baking/then traveling, half way through baking I smoothed out the top, and then finished all up with metal cake tips (I used basic vanilla icing from Betty Crocker with a hint of food coloring). Total cost: $3.50 and compare that to any grocery store at $9.00 per cake, I still have 2 baking tins to show for it!
I hope you enjoy our little Frugal Daytrip about 45 minutes from our home. Look below for all the information on the campsite we stayed at (which I am not sponsored for). I have two more Daytrips coming up in the next week and a giveaway!
If you have any questions you can always reach me at:
4820 Highway 90 East, Marianna, FL 32446
We stayed in Cabin 1 at a rate of $55.78 (This was including tax)
They also have bigger cabins, RV lots, tent sites, etc.