Friday, November 8, 2013

White Sugary Sands and Clear Blue Waters!

Yep!  I'm not sure it can get much better than this.  We are settled in on the Emerald Coast of Florida.
Specifically on Okaloosa Island in Ft. Walton Beach.

We arrived in The Sunshine State on October 27th.
We were headed for the St Augustine area, but I found a PA park in Jacksonville, which was an easy on/off of I-95, and that's a plus... we've had our fill of stressful situations.
We settled into Pecan Park RV Resort for a good price.  This park has all large pull-thru sites... its very nice.  Just one downfall.  It's near an Airport... and Air Force Base.  Every day, every night, there are planes flying over the park... and not just the park in general, but it seemed like they flew over our site in particular!  We got to enjoy watching some great maneuvers! but at other times it was just irritating!

We visited downtown Jacksonville, the River Front, Friendship Fountain...
...and of course, we checked out the brewery that was right there.  As I do sometimes, when they offer it... I ordered their sampler tray of 6 brews.   I had to say that I didn't like any of their beers.  All of their brews were boring... very blah.  Have I become a beer snob?

Even better than our visit into Jacksonville, was our trip to Jacksonville Beach!
What a beautiful place!  and there was next to nobody there!  We had a free parking lot to ourselves!

From Jacksonville, we headed in the direction of our one month reservation in Ft Walton Beach.  It was about 360 miles, and we had a stop planned for Compass Lake, North of Panama City.  I found us a PA park about 190 miles down the road, conveniently off of I-10. 
Wow... there it is!
Don't be fooled by the other fifth wheel there... they weren't really there.  We were the only RVers.  Such a shame for this jewel of a park.  It was Halloween night, so we would have stayed in a Walmart parking lot, but who knows what will happen in a Wal-Mart parking lot on Halloween night.

After we were parked, we wondered why we had stopped.  I guess because lately, when we get close to 200 miles, Jeff has had it.  But this night he said he could have easily kept going.  Oh Well... we can't always do everything perfect!

The next day we didn't have far to travel.  I found another PA park, just 5 miles from Compass Lake. 
It started pouring rain shortly after we headed out.  Not fun... the windshield wipers couldn't keep up.
Pine Lake RV Park looked like another "jewel" from the condition of their sign... but we were greeted by a very friendly young lady, and were escorted to our plenty spacious pull-thru site.  It was a nice park, with the exception of the site being red dirt, which turned to thick sticky red mud in the rain.

But the storm stopped, and we were able to drive up to Compass Lake.
So what was at Compass Lake? 
Our friend from Oregon owns 2 lots in a subdivision along the lake.  She hadn't seen her property in over 20 years, so we told her we would check on it for her.  Problem was, she couldn't tell us anything except the lot #s and some coordinates.  We drove all around, and finally called a realtor who had a sign posted on one of the roads.  He was so friendly and helpful.  He was able to look up the lots, and he knew them well.  He stayed on the phone and directed us to the sites. 

We were thrilled to actually locate her property, and get some pictures for her.  And maybe she will take advantage of this contact we made with a realtor, and he can sell her property!

That was all we had to do there, so we stayed only one night at Pine Lake RV Park, and set out the next morning for Ft Walton Beach.  But HAVENT WE LEARNED NOT TO TRAVEL ON SATURDAY??  I guess not.

For MILES... we followed and attempted to pass or drive along side this.  The Iron Man bicycle race... which was part of a Triathalon, I think.  Really??  Shouldn't they just close the roads for a couple hours as they pass thru areas??  This was an accident waiting to happen, and I really didn't want to be part of it.

But we made it!

and are we ever glad to be here.

 The Bay is just out our door at the park. 
 Birds, Stingrays, creatures in shells, fish, and water awaiting our kayaks!

 The Gulf is just across the street.  There is a Skyway pedestrian bridge if we choose not to dodge the oncoming cars, or there is parking for us if choose to drive over (not necessary).
What an incredibly beautiful beach.

 We are here for the month of November, and looking forward to enjoying all of it.

oh... Did any of you watch Billy Graham's message of Hope for America last night?  At 95, he still had a good message for all of us... the message of The Cross.  All we need is JESUS.  He remains... the One True GOD.


  1. Oh, my favorite place!! I stayed at Emerald Bch RV in Navarre for 4 mos, oct-nov-dec 2010 & jan 2011.. LOVED the area, beautiful white sandy beaches, lovely prolific shells, warm water (most of the time) lovely, lovely area....!!!

  2. That sand and water are just beautiful. I always picture Florida as packed wall to wall with people but it looks almost lonely in your pictures haha!! Glad you are having some time to relax and refresh. Didn't watch Billy Graham last night but someone posted a link on FB so I will have to go see. There is only One Hope for this world.

  3. That looks like a great spot!! And we are looking forward to finding someplace to sit a spell for a change also. Enjoy!!

  4. Looks like you've found a great place to spend a month, enjoy...

  5. Beer snob...haha. I think you have been a connoisseur of good brew.

    Glad to see you two have slowed down and are enjoying the good life.

    Billy Graham is an amazing man. Thanks be to God!

  6. Looks like you found a winner! What a beautiful place to spend the month! That area is great for biking cars needed there. Lots of sidewalks. Hope you have some warm weather for your month:)

  7. we didn't try that brewery due to poor reviews but I will recommend Engine 51 brewery near Jacksonville beach... very good indeed...

  8. A whole month at the beach sounds fab!!

  9. Bet you'll be glad to get off the road for awhile. I'd be sunburned in no time wandering around the shore with my camera every day.

  10. Ok, you are making me anxious to get there, just a couple more weeks. Looks like its going to be a great place to stay for the winter!! See you soon. :)

  11. That would be great to get together!!! Look forward to it. There are LOTS of beer places in Bend now, some in Redmond, my fav is 10 Barrell...

  12. Quinoa Kheer


    ½ cup quinoa

    1 cup water

    1 teaspoon ghee or butter

    4 dried dates, pits removed and chopped

    4 teaspoons golden raisins

    1 teaspoon pistachios, unshelled and chopped (I used unsalted raw pistachios)

    1 teaspoon slivered almonds

    ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom seeds

    3 cups skim milk

    a pinch of saffron (I used Spanish saffron)

    3 tablespoons sugar (add more sugar if you prefer it sweeter)

    2 teaspoons rose water

    a little extra toasted and chopped pistachios for garnishing


    Rinse the quinoa
    Bring the quinoa and water to a boil on a medium flame, cook until the seeds become translucent. Drain and discard the liquid from the cooked quinoa and keep aside.
    In a thick-bottomed stock pot, melt the ghee or butter on a medium high flame. Add the dates, raisins, pistachios, almonds, and cardamom to the melted ghee and sauté them for a minute.
    Add the cooked quinoa to the nut and fruit mixture in the pot. Fold in the milk, saffron, and sugar. Bring the entire contents of the pot to a boil on a medium flame, then reduce to a simmer and cook till the liquid volume reduces by one-third. Stir frequently to make sure the milk does not burn.
    Cool the kheer to room temperature. Then fold in the rose water and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled and garnish with the extra pistachios.

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