With a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old.
And I have lived to tell you about it.
I bought my husband a tent for Father’s Day last year. Even though there had been some use of it in the back yard, it had gone no further than that. Then I found out that a couple of friends had gone camping at Honeycomb Campground on Guntersville Lake during the summer and I immediately said “I want to go!”
From that, a family camping trip was born. Several other friends joined in and soon were all choosing our sites and making reservations at Honeycomb for the big weekend!
My childhood camping experiences were from inside the luxury of a camper. You know the kind where you lowered the kitchen “table” down level with the seats to make a bed?
Since this time we would be camping in a tent, I had no idea what to expect. I was thrilled when we arrived at Honeycomb Campgrounds. It’s right on the water, far away but not too far and a great place for a family camping adventure.
There ended up being 6 total families – 12 adults, 6 kids, and 1 dog. For our group, we joined up on groceries and meals, watched the kids ride around on scooters and trikes, swam, fished, canoed, kayaked and had a big giant smore’s party. We even watched the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game on a laptop tethered to a homemade antenna! The game was made more interesting with a couple of spirited Aggies in our party.
For my family, we chose a site across the driveway from the water and right beside the restrooms (site 79). With a 2 year-old, I wanted that buffer between us and the lake. Directly across from us was a boat dock. At night it got plenty dark and quiet, even being near the restrooms.
Good to Know
- Each campsite contains a gravel parking area, fire pit (firewood sold on-site), picnic table, electrical and water hook-ups.
- You are allowed only one tent on your campsite. RV’s far outweigh the tents at Honeycomb, but there still were quite a lot of tents in addition to our big party.
- Each campsite is allowed 2 vehicles. We only had one car, but even more friends came on Saturday to spend the day with us and they were able to use the second car tag for our campsite.
- One family in our party had a canoe and kayak. If you have a canoe, there is a nice launch area around site 78.
- The campground rents RVs and Pontoon boats. Check the website for details and prices.
- Get up early, grab your camera and a cup of coffee and enjoy a stunning sunrise view of the lake
Things to Bring
- An extension cord, power strip and hose with you. You will want to be able to plug in your Keurig after all. (No glamping trip should be without one!)
- Fishing poles for the lake
- Smart members of our party decked the kids out in Dollar Store glow bracelets and glow necklaces. It was a great way to spot the kids at night (it can get pretty dark).
- Flashlights and first aid kit
- A tablet loaded with episodes of Go Diego
- Coffee and bacon
- A sense of adventure
Even though there were times when keeping up with my 2 year-old was tough and my oldest son came home with a lot less skin on his knees, the overall experience of camping with my family and sharing a fun weekend with good friends was priceless! I highly recommend Honeycomb Campground for a weekend getaway with your family, or even just your significant other.
If I can survive a weekend in a tent, anyone can. In fact, we all had such a great time that we’ve made plans to do it again in the spring.
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