I’m not blogging in real time – this is from our travels on/around September 1, 2015. Follow us on Instagram to find out where we are currently!
After leaving Tawas Point State Park we continued to head south along the eastern coast of Michigan. I picked our next stop, Bay City Recreation Area – for a couple reasons – it was on our way south AND they had a FREE kid’s fishing program the evening we would be there. Perfect!
We stayed only one night at Bay City Recreation Area, but we had a nice big camping spot, for just around $23/night. When we are just staying a place one night we LOVE it when we don’t have to unhitch our trailer from the truck. It saves us time and hassle. Thankfully this spot was long enough that we could stay hitched up!
We got settled in our campsite early so we could participate in a FREE kid’s fishing event. My son LOVES fishing and I knew when I saw it on the park calendar that we couldn’t miss it! They provide the poles, the bait and the instruction – how convenient and fun!
Both Liam and Hadley participated in the event which was held on a pier over the lagoon, walking distance from the campground. Hadley caught the first fish between the two of them! She was so excited for her 3-inch bass – the first fish she’s ever caught on her own.
It took Liam quite a bit longer – but this kid did not give up. . . .he was determined to catch a fish.
As part of the event, the kid who caught the biggest fish of the night would win a fishing pole from Cabela’s and Liam had been saving his pennies for a fishing pole – so he really wanted to win. But there were a lot of kids participating. . . .
He ended up catching a 4-inch bass. . .
And some type of catfish . . . and a bunch of other small fish (which I stopped photographing) but as hard as he tried . . .he didn’t end up catching the biggest fish of the night. Another kid went home with the fishing pole. . .but Liam still had a blast trying. The whole walk back to the campground that night he talked about how much fun it was – as he recalled every fish he caught – no matter how small.
And that’s what this journey is all about – trying new things, showing up and giving it our best, being grateful for all the moments – big and small.
Have you been to Bay City Recreational Area in Michigan? Have you participated in a free kid’s fishing program? Leave a comment and let us know!