Haunted Halloween at Hillsborough River State Park 10/30-11/1-09

What a weekend! I never knew Halloween could be so much fun! Ellie and I got all the camp set up and supper started just before the campers started arriving. It was so nice to meet new friends and just enjoy some time getting to know each other. Tabitha and John were not able to stay and camp but they came in and had dinner with us – everyone walked away with full tummies! We wrapped up the evening with fireside chats and soon we were all tucked into our tents excited for a busy day to come.


Saturday morning – fresh hot coffee, biscuits and gravy and a few more treats to fill every one up. Monty and Crush arrived just was we were about to hit the trail. First we hiked the River Rapids Trail then the Banyard Trail. After almost 5 miles counting the hike from the campground we were all ready for some grub! Hamburgers and chips with some left over peach cobbler filled us up and we spent a couple hours just lounging waiting for the day to cool down some before we went back out on the trail. We walked the Florida Trail next and we were please that a beautiful Barred Owl was patient with us as we photographed him in the trees. We saw 3 alligators – one over 9 ft! There was so much to see and everyone learned a lot. There were many tracks of hogs and deer, opossum and raccoon. But soon the trail ended and it was time to get back to camp to cook dinner.


Tennessee Jambalaya was on the menu for dinner along with other yummy stuff. Lesa Marie and her husband Jack brought all the goodies for our Monster Mash. Elli pulled out a bunch of skins and skulls to entertain and educate us with. The campground was all a buzz with the kids getting ready to trick or treat….They got treats from us! Noreen and I took a moment to photograph a very cool RV – the owner said he had it “wrapped” just because. I hope you like the attached photos!


The neighboring campsite had a great bunch of kids and one performed the dance from Michael Jacksons “Thriller”. He was just adorable. Bo made many new friends and was the talk of the campground. Many just “stopped in” to visit and give him a pat on the head. He just loved all the attention!


Soon we were all ready to sleep and after some much needed showers drifted off to sleep under a full moon with a cool breeze. The time change did not bother us much. We were up with the sun having another great breakfast and soon packed up camp.


Everyone said what a great time they had and the whole weekend was much better than I anticipated. I can’t wait to spend time with my new campers again!


See you on the trail,



About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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1 Response to Haunted Halloween at Hillsborough River State Park 10/30-11/1-09

  1. Cora says:

    Sounds like a great a time!

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