6 years ago a tradition was born. Striving to do something different for my birthday, I thought it'd be a fun idea to get away from traffic, clubs, parking, annoying lines, and over-priced drinks... and instead go camping for the weekend. My boyfriend and I packed a group of 9 people and headed 3.5 hours up north to Lake Kissimmee State Park, about 45 min from Orlando, Florida. Our first time camping as a group, our framily (friends+family) learned the ins-and-outs of setting up our tents, cooking all our meals on a campfire, and not having 24/7 access to the interwebz for entertainment. It was definitely a change of pace. A good one.
It's now been 6 years and we've continued to head to Kissimmee lake for a weekend of camping every single year... also dubbed as my birthday celebration, although it's gone far beyond that. It's now something that we all really look forward to, and in a weird way, have almost grown attached to. It's become a weekend where time seems to slow down (a lot) and there isn't much to do but drink, eat, smoke cigars, and go "exploring" (aka a 45 minute nature walk). It's interesting to see how our group's dynamics have changed throughout the years. People have come and gone from the campsite circle and it's probably only going to continue to evolve. But that's the nature of life, and I really like having a yearly tradition to mile-mark those changes.
A little more about Lake Kissimmee state park:
Here are some of my favorite shots from this years trip...