It was a cold winter's night and I was out in the woods without a soul in sight. Well, except for the people in the other 24 campsites. Ok, ok. That was cheesy. But it was a cold winter's night and I was out in the woods, the Citrus Wildlife Management Area at Holder Mine Campground to be exact.
My wife was going to an all weekend event in Crystal River and I had a bright idea to go tent camping by myself for the weekend in nearby Inverness. I knew it was going to be cold, so I prepared for that. I just didn't really think about what a low of 28 degrees at night would feel like in a tent in the middle of the woods. Thankfully I prepared properly and I didn't freeze. I had brought 3 sleeping bags, a small space heater and plenty of warm clothes and undergarments.
It was an amazing first night. I had a nice warm campfire and the low was 28 degrees. I was able to keep it at 39 degrees inside the tent and it was awesome.
On Saturday morning, I went hiking and completed just over 7 miles. Of course, the whole time I was hiking, I could hear gunshots in the distance do to nearby hunters. So, after completing my morning hike, I headed out to the closest Walmart and picked up a bright orange sweatshirt and ball cap since it is hunting season and there were warnings by FWC at the entrance to the trails.
Back at the campsite, I had lunch and then went on my second hike for the day completing a little more than 6 miles on a different trail.
Saturday night it dropped to 34 degrees and I had another nice warm campfire. Inside the tent, it was 43 degrees which made for another awesome night.
Sunday was pretty boring as it was time to pack everything up and eventually head home. Below are a few photos I captured while there.