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.
The groom and his mom at the reception.
(I loved this picture, so I “borrowed” it from Facebook :) Thanks to whoever took it!)
The wedding cake…yum!
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!
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
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
Beautiful white sand beach just outside the city of Carrabelle.
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum
This was a large, very well done museum, dedicated to preserving local involvement in history and honoring its veterans.
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
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.
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.
There were a few people out and more continued to arrive as the day got warmer.
We chose to head away from civilization and took a nice long walk on this section of heaven :)
This beach is a shell collector’s dream. There were thousands of beautiful shells, in perfect condition, just for the taking.
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.
We also stopped to talk to this guy :)
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.
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.