Jan 24 2010

Never Judge…

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We left Long Point Park Campground and went to Lake Okeechobee. We researched our campground and found one — Big Lake Lodge and RV Park — that was 10 miles from the nearest town, on a canal and looked perfect. When we drove up, it appeared to be a mobile home park more than an RV park and all the RVs were very close together. It looked nearly impossible to get our rig into a site there. It was also a motel. But we decided we'd driven there, we had reservations, and we were going to stay there. Rim Canal

So, never judge a park by its looks. The owner was one of the nicest people we've ever met. Most people there were "residents," having come there for a place to stay while they worked in the area. There were RVs from Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, and other states. There were a few "snow birds" there for the winter months. And there were a couple of people there that hadn't been able to find work, but were staying at the campground helping the owner keep the property in good shape. 

Our ViewWe had signed on for a week. It was a most relaxing week. We had a view of the canal from the front of our RV. There were pelicans, egrets, ducks that lolled along the canal. A bass tournament was coming up, so we had bass boats cruising the canal looking for their best fishing spot. There was also a dike behind the canal and we could watch bikers and hikers go by on top of the dike. 

Happy HourNext door was Happy Hour Tavern & Grill. We went there for dinner on Friday night. The bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp was to die for. There was also a convenience market and liquor store across the street, along with a computer repair place and a consignment shop. Liquor Store

As I said before, it looked nearly impossible to get our RV in there, but we had an end spot. We could pull toward the canal and then back in. To depart, we went toward the dock again and then backed around the corner until we could make the turn to leave. 

It all worked out fine and was a very relaxing and enjoyable week. Here's a link to more photos: 

Lake Okeechobee Photos


Jan 9 2010

Long Point Park

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January 7, 2010

Living in an RV is great. Jan has gotten used to not having all the "stuff." And, so far, after 3+ months, the space doesn't seem restricting. And we have had rainy and chilly days where we've been inside. 

Map_LongPointParkWe left on Thursday, January 7, to begin our travels around Florida. First stop is Long Point Park and Campground near Melbourne Beach, Florida. We drove down in sunny weather and it was 60 degrees when we arrived. After all the chilly days and nights, it felt great to be outside and walking around the park. We had a beautiful sunset Thursday evening to end our day.  Sunset, January 7, 2010

 

Click here for more pictures of Long Point Park Long Point Park Photos

We spent Friday walking around the park and across the foot bridge to Scout Island. We walked from the park to Whitey's Bait/Tackle/Convenience Store/Gift Shop/Restaurant, a distance of two miles roundtrip. We decided to return with 3/4 cord bundle of firewood in case we wanted a campfire. Other campers thought we were insane to walk that far in the first place and then carry back a bundle of firewood. To us, it was a walk in the park. 

The weather changed by evening and the wind started to blow, so we postponed the campfire until another time. Saturday is rainy and in the upper 30s. Sunday is supposed to be more of the same. We leave on Monday for Lake Okeechobee, but the weather here (and there) is supposed to be 60ish and sunny for the week. 


Jan 9 2010

Long Point Park and Campground, Melbourne Beach, Florida

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January 7 – January 11, 2010

Long Point Park is a Brevard County park near Melbourne Beach, Florida. It's a barrier island and 84.5-acre conservation area in the Indian River Lagoon in close proximity to the Sebastian Inlet marine ecosystems and the Atlantic Ocean. Fishermen appreciate the campsites positioned along the shoreline of the lagoon as well as the small fishing dock and one lane boat ramp. It is a habitat to protected wildlife such as otters, bobcats, birds and manatees; the park is also a roosting site for wood storks. 

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Jan 9 2010

Indian Forest Campground, St. Augustine, Florida

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December 7, 2009 – January 7, 2010

We stayed at Indian Forest Campground near St. Augustine, Florida. It's a nice campground. We had a nice, shady site. The park has a fishing pond and two laundry areas, as well as shower facilities. It's only about 2 miles from I-95, and a short distance to 312 and St. Augustine shopping. Also close proximity to the outlet malls in St. Augustine. St. John's Flea Market, open on weekends, is just 2 miles down the road. 

Indian Forest Sign, January 2010


Jan 1 2010

The Christmas Letter

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Merry Christmas