We took our time driving from Charleston to Port St. Lucie, a distance of 481 miles. Unlike some people (Paul :)) who would make this an easy driving day, we managed to make it in 4 days :)
We chose St. Lucie South Recreation Area, another really nice COE park, on a recommendation from our friends, Bill and Nancy. This is a wonderful, quiet, picturesque park with easy on/off access to I-95 but none of the traffic noise.
Not a bad patio area :)
And, not a bad view from Lucy’s front window.
There are only 9 RV sites and they stay full most of the time. Only 3 are right on the water and unfortunately, we were not lucky enough to snag one of them so we had to settle for this view :) There are also 3 tent sites (on the water) and 4 mooring sites for boaters to dock, hook up to 50 amp power and water and spend the night.
The park is right on the St. Lucie canal, part of the Okeechobee Waterway. The Okeechobee Waterway is a shortcut for boaters through Florida taking them from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico.
The St. Lucie Lock, the first lock off the Atlantic, is also part of this area and we were able to watch several boats traveling the canal go through the locks. There is an average 14’ lock lift at St. Lucie.
This park even has it’s own Butterfly Garden!
There are a lot of flowering bushes but no butterflies to be seen :(
We drove over to Jupiter Island one afternoon stopping to walk the beach for awhile and
driving Beach Rd looking at all the beautiful homes. Most of the homes were privately landscaped so we were only able to get glimpses. Of those we could actually see, I was unable to get any photos as there was absolutely no place to pull over. Apparently, they don’t want you loitering in their neighborhood :) So, about all I got was the gorgeous landscaping on the street and a picture of the
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, from their parking lot. This is a working lighthouse and under the direction of Homeland Security. Any visitors must be on a guided tour; no wandering allowed. We postponed our tour until next month when we’ll be back in this area. The lighthouse was closed to visitors this week for repairs. The tours were still going on but you had to just look from afar. That didn’t sound like as much fun, so we’ll go back when it’s reopened.
We are looking forward to friends joining us here at Port St. Lucie this afternoon and, in the morning, we’ll all head out to the Florida Keys for a few weeks. Life is good :)
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