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Northwest Florida

Friday, February 16, 2007

sunny 0 °F

Another cold day today! I didn't even go outside to walk to the office for free coffee and donuts :-)

We get ready fairly quickly and pull out (another pull-through campsite!). We drive a mile down the road to see the state Forestry Museum and Cracker Homestead. Interesting stop. We're the only ones there. The ranger suggests that we stop at the St Marks lighthouse, so that is our next stop. IMG_5322.jpg

We're taking a smaller road along the Gulf of Mexico rather than the interstate to take in some local scenery. We drive into the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge, stop at the visitor center and drive to the gulf to see the lighthouse. We're the only ones there and walk around. Beautiful scenery, but it is cold and blustery. We eat lunch inside the trailer rather than at the inviting picnic tables. No gators around the refuge today -- they're all keeping warm at the bottom of the water. IMG_5346.jpg

We really enjoyed our off-the-beaten-path stops today, so we decide to make another one at Wakulla Springs State Park. They have a large spring there with a boatride. We just miss the one boatride and decide it's too cold to wait for the next one, so we just walk around the spring. A lot of birds are roosting around the springs for the night already, including at least 30 turkey vultures. We see fish jumping and the highlight is watching an oprey dive into the water trying to catch a fish....very cool.

We continue with our rural ride along the coast and stop at the Ho Hum RV Park in Carabelle Beach for the night. It's a small campground and Jere gets nervous as we make a very sharp turn--our sliding hitch does not slide and we get within 2 inches of the 5th wheel hitting the cab of the truck. BUT we do not hit and we get out of a tight spot fairly quickly -- I think Jere is getting better at this RV thing.

We're parked in the 2nd row from the beach....pull-through site, cable, wifi, plus a great view! Of course the view is obstructed by several large motorhomes, but we know the gulf is out there :-)

I always wondered who bought all those big expensive motorhomes I see at the Hershey RV show.....now I know -- they're all in Florida!

Posted by jengelman 04:08 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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