Goin’ Coastal – A recap of our Florida winter sojourn

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After three months of meandering along the extensive coastlines of Florida, we were eager to finally point Betsy west.  In early December we began our winter sojourn along the Atlantic Ocean, exiting on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico in March.  This was our second winter in the Sunshine State, and we visited about half of its coastal regions, exploring many natural settings and strolling an array of fabulous beaches – all while being entertained by wildlife unique to the area.  An added bonus was the great time we spent visiting with friends old and new.

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What Hurricane Michael Left Behind – The Forgotten Coast, FL

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We continued our travels along Florida’s gulf coast, heading northwest through what’s known as the “Forgotten Coast”.  Driving along a quiet and relatively undeveloped section of coastline between St. Marks and Mexico Beach, we paused at the small towns of Eastpoint, Apalachicola (to hang out with friends), Port St. Joe, St. George Island, Cape San Blas and Mexico Beach (ground zero for hurricane Michael). Continue reading

A place for “Real Florida” fun – Nature Coast, FL

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We cut short our stay in Naples, leaving behind that big snowbird city with its commercial developments and traffic noise.  We were eager to re-visit the “Nature Coast” along the inside curve of the state’s panhandle, remembering how much we’d enjoyed this area on our last visit five years ago.  We had reservations at Crystal River and Perry, plus two nights we snagged at Hillsborough River State Park.  This part of Florida is known for being a nature lover’s paradise where folks can experience “the real Florida” in laid-back fashion.  We’re all over that! Continue reading

Good Times and Tan Lines – Naples, FL

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The first month of 2019 whizzed by, with our winter downtime in southwestern Florida drawing to a close.  The weather during our stay was mostly on the cool side, sometimes wet and drab, but with several beautiful warm days in the middle.  The humidity wasn’t too bad and we got nary a bug bite during our stay – yay! Continue reading

Looking back, looking forward…

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Is it just me, or are the first days of 2019 marching by super-fast?  Maybe my perception of time flying by is due to the fact that I haven’t yet flipped over the last pages of our 2018 travels?

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Ramblin’ ’round coastal Georgia – Skidaway, Tybee and Cumberland Islands

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November 24th found us finally heading to the southern coast of Georgia.  At this point we’d reverted back to longer stays at each stop, all the while trying to avoid the most severe storms.

Skidaway Island was a good place to pause so Steve could fly to Tucson, AZ for his quarterly oncology checkup.  Happily, the doctor once again gave him two thumbs up! Continue reading

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We’re currently on the Atlantic coast of north Florida; the events covered in this post (Nov 16-22) occurred before the recent snow storms hit the Carolinas.

We left Gaffney, South Carolina soaking wet, but happy that Betsy had come out of the Freightliner shop in good shape.  We camped at Carowinds Campground, just south of Charlotte, NC as our home base during our long-awaited visit with dear friends Joe and Judy. Continue reading

Hot Springs, purses and a little rock – Arkansas

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From Oklahoma City we continued our eastward trek into Arkansas and spent a couple of days (Oct 30-31) camping at Springhill Park, an Army Corps Of Engineers (COE) Campground.  It was a great place to get away from urban noise and be under a canopy of trees and chirping birds.  We had the park mostly to ourselves and loved the solitude of being close to nature. Continue reading