Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ho Hum… Just Another Day In Paradise

A week ago, we did something we rarely do in this lifestyle. We packed a bag, hopped in the Jeep and drove 300 miles to check into a hotel. It was a quick trip to attend the wedding of our nephew, David. Sometimes taking a side trip without Lucy makes sense. The total for gas in the Jeep, hotel and a couple of meals out did not come close to just the diesel cost if we had brought her along :) Of course, I would have loved to have had her along. I don’t do well packing and sleeping in strange beds anymore :)

The bride and groom saying their vows.

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The groom and his mom at the reception.

(I loved this picture, so I “borrowed” it from Facebook :) Thanks to whoever took it!)

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The wedding cake…yum!

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It was a lovely wedding and we’re glad we made the trip.

Congratulations David and Allie! May you share many happy years together!

A couple days after returning we found ourselves, once again, on the road. It’s always so much fun to see what’s around the bend. In this case, it was the Ho-Hum RV Park in Carrabelle, FL. This is a small, very friendly park with limited to no landscaping but, it sits right on the Gulf!

Can’t get much closer than this!

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Unfortunately, it’s pretty hard to nab one of the waterfront sites this time of year, but that’s OK. A few steps out our door and we’re on the beach :)

We’ve done a bit of exploring since we’ve been here. Gotta take advantage of the warm sunny days before more rain comes!

We started out on Thursday just wandering to see what we might find locally. Our first stop was at the local Carrabelle History Museum. We spent a bit of time there but I totally neglected to take any pictures. If you have an interest, their website can be found here.

Crooked River Lighthouse

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Another stop, just outside town, was the Crooked River Lighthouse.

“For 118 years the Crooked River Lighthouse has stood as a beacon, guiding timber ships as well as local fishermen and oystermen through the treacherous pass between Dog and St. George Islands, along Florida's Panhandle.  Built in 1895, this iron and steel structure replaced the lighthouse on Dog Island, which was destroyed by hurricane in 1873.” Taken from crookedriverlighthouse.org

Carrabelle Beach

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Beautiful white sand beach just outside the city of Carrabelle.

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum

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This was a large, very well done museum, dedicated to preserving local involvement in history and honoring its veterans.

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We finished Thursday off back home watching some pretty good NCAA Basketball :)

On Friday, we headed about 20 minutes west to St. George Island State Park. It was a beautiful, sunny, but windy day.

Bridge to St. George Island

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This reminded me somewhat of the bridge heading into the Keys…beautiful!

The St. George Island Lighthouse greeted us as we arrived on the island.

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We turned left and headed to the state park. Admission was $6 per car. There were several parking areas with beach access as we drove but we continued on to the end.

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There were a few people out and more continued to arrive as the day got warmer.

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We chose to head away from civilization and took a nice long walk on this section of heaven :)

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This beach is a shell collector’s dream. There were thousands of beautiful shells, in perfect condition, just for the taking.

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I don’t collect shells because I have no idea what to do with them :) Also, it sort of reminds me of Lucille Ball collecting rocks in The Long, Long Trailer :) If you haven’t seen that movie, try it. You’ll like it. :)

On the way back we stopped to admire a few sand sculptures. The sculpture in the UL corner is an alligator. It was much more obvious in person than in this picture.

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We also stopped to talk to this guy :)

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It was very obvious he was used to people. He let me walk almost all the way up to him before he calmly walked away.

We drove through the state park campground before leaving. It’s a very nice campground with several sites that would accommodate a large rig. It did not have a Verizon data signal though and only about 1/2 bar of phone signal. For us, that could be a deal breaker, especially coupled with the fact that we rely on OTA (over the air) TV off our antenna and we’re guessing there isn’t much of that either. We won’t rule it out for a future stay but we’ll be sure to check out alternatives first.

Heading out of the State Park, we just happened upon the Blue Parrot, highly recommended by Gin and Syl, so we stopped in for a little Linner :)

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Excellent choice! We were definitely full when we left. We were apparently hungry when we arrived too. I never thought of a food pic till it was way too late :)

I’m catching up on some laundry today while Rick did a little fishing. I had more luck with the laundry than he did the fishing :) There is also much more good basketball to watch yet this weekend. I love March Madness :)

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

9 comments:

  1. Yes, Ho Hum is a good name for the park because there's nothing to do right there. The view from the pier is beautiful though.
    Glad to see that you enjoyed St. George Island and the Blue Parrot. It's great to see no seaside development for a couple of miles. Thanks to Florida for preserving the area. It's pretty laid back there.
    Syl

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  2. Congrats to your nephew and his new wife, I don't imagine we'd do well in a hotel anymore either. The WWII museum is right up Dave's alley, me I end up people watching at them for the most part.
    It may be Ho Hum but can't beat it's location, finding we're missing the Gulf oh well it'll be there next winter. Sounds like Rick drowns worms a lot like Dave does.

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  3. Your time there doesn't sound Ho Hum at all. You've been very busy. We'll be at St. George next week so we'll check out the signal and phone. If you are still in the area by Tuesday, let us know. Sure wish we could watch March Madness. I love college BBall but we get no OTA TV here in Manatee Springs. It usually wouldn't matter to us but A REAL drawback this week.

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  4. Looks like a beautiful area! Completely understand about the hotel thing!!! But you have to do what makes sense. :)

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  5. Great wedding cake- how fun. We don't really mind a hotel every once in a while it is not like "home" either the RV or condo but it can be fun.

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  6. Welcome to the Pan Handle!! Enjoy the nice weather NOW...it is suppose to get a bit nasty and colder starting Monday. Sure hope that is the end and you can really enjoy the beautiful beaches!!! We are at Blackwater River SP and moving east to Torreya SP tomorrow.

    Safe Travels and Happy Trails.......

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  7. We surely understand the necessity of a car trip, and how much of a pain it is to pack and unpack. At least the wedding you attended didn't have snow like the one we went to in NJ.

    Something special about the Gulf Coast, can't seem to get enough of it. Maybe it's an incurable addiction??? ;c)

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  8. What a lovely place! The Gulf is so magical, we hope to workamp somewhere on the Gulf at some point. We hate packing too. Next weekend we're doing the same to visit some fellow RVrs way down by Miami. No hauling Harvey all that way for a long weekend!

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  9. Sounds like all is well with you and Rick. We wish you continued safe travels as you head north...slowly.

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