An RV Trip to the Woods – Remember, what happens at Band Camp, stays at Band Camp!
In the middle of Florida, is the tiny town of Okeechobee. About forty minutes outside of town is a place known as The Prairie. Hidden among the great Florida Oak trees is a little piece of paradise that for over 20 years, members of my family have created the ultimate Redneck Playground known as ‘Band Camp’.
Recently, Bill and I took his Dad out for a test run of his brand new camping set-up. After spending 25 years traveling the country in an RV, a health issue forced Dad to give up his nomad lifestyle. After beating his illness, and at the age of 76, he is ready to hit the road again. Only this time, he will be heading out on his Harley.
We needed to find the perfect place where we could let Dad test out his new gear but because it’s the middle of ‘Snowbird’ season, we had a difficult time finding an available spot. So, Band Camp it was!
We arrived on Thursday afternoon and within minutes, Dad had his tent set up and was ready for his trial run.
I’m sure by now you’re wondering what exactly is Band Camp. Frankly, it’s a little piece of paradise that over the years has become the ultimate destination on Friday night. Folks arrive by car, truck, mud truck, buggy, golf cart or ATV. I guess it doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as you do. It’s just a great place to hang out on a Friday night and listen to music, drink beer and eat food.
In the center of this beautiful piece of land, there are a series of structures that include an outhouse, jail, yes I said jail, sleeping quarters, kitchen and a stage. The camp has accumulated many unique items over the years that are proudly displayed throughout camp.
This Friday night was a special night. A band from West Palm Beach came out to perform. The band was great and the evening was full of laughs and many wonderful memories were made.
All in all, the trip was a huge success. Dad gained the confidence he needs to be able to hit the road, and Bill and I finally experienced Band Camp.