We left Isaac Creek COE park on Tuesday morning and headed south arriving at Gulf State Park around 1:00 PM. This is a huge place right across the highway from the beach :) They take no reservations this time of year and to get a site, you have to show up, put your name on the waiting list and wait. At 2:00 PM they start calling names, first come, first served. Tuesday was the first day in several weeks that there had been more than 5 or 6 spots to open. They had 9. Lucky for us! We started at # 11 on the list. As it turned out, we ended up at #7 because some of the folks on the list didn’t come back for the drawing. Most of this parks 497 sites are reservable starting March 1st so the longest we’d be able to stay was 6 days. We had to be out by March 1. Very disappointing as we had hoped to stay for a month. Fortunately, there were also some waterfront spots that are always first come, first serve with a max stay of 14 days. There was one left when I got to the counter :) Although it was pricey, we are on the canal in a large pull-through FHU (full hook up) site. AND, we have the only tree!! :) Our neighbors are jealous :)
After getting settled in, we took a walk to the other end of the property where there is a very nice and large campground store. I was looking for hot dog buns. It was going to be a very simple, easy dinner for us :) Not a bun to be found, but we did enjoy an ice cream bar on our way back…fuel for the trip :) We didn’t see any alligators on this walk, but they must be common. These signs are all over the park. They won’t have to tell me twice!
We spent Wednesday supporting the local economy and left Camping World, Walmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond with some of our retirement funds :)
Next up: Hiking across the highway, the sand dunes and the boardwalk and exploring the beach. Stay tuned…
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