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!
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!
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.