Monday, February 4, 2008

Blue Skies and Brrr…….

Wake up weather 30 degrees and cloudless blue skies. The “Weather Guesser” hit way off the mark again, had maybe 10 minutes of ‘trickle’ all night and day. That front come thru moving like “a cat on a porch full a rockers at the old folks home”, Swoosh.

After breakfast we headed up the west coast, a quick stop at Wally World for some fixins’, then over along the “Big Bend” of the “Sunshine State”. Made a stop at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, lots of wading birds and a pair of bald eagles perched in a tree (not quick enough with the camera).

St. Marks Lighthouse

Decided to spend the night at “Ochlocknee River State Park”, rated one of Florida’s Best Parks, two times. The park has a beautiful lil’ campground, 30 sites, heavily wooded, riverfront sites and $16.35 a night including tax.

Here are some shots of the river.

The next morning around the point at Apalachicola, stopped to get some shrimp to cook for dinner. The next stop was Crestview, FL and the office of Passport America to renew our membership. Rushing like mad to get there before they close at 4PM, it's 3:45 and we have 10 miles to go. So at Linda's urging I decide to call them, when I look at the phone it's 2:45, we've entered the Central Time Zone. No rushing needed. We got to the office with 50 minutes to spare and had a nice visit with the young lady in their office. We renewed for 5 years, cost $179 (38.80/year). So for the price of five nights stay at a medium priced RV park, we get five years of 1/2 price camping.

Then on to our destination for tonite, Blackwater River State Forest.
Nice little camp spot on Hurricane Lake. Linda cooked up those shrimp, we dipped 'em in garlic butter, Mmmm Mmmm good. Sat by the campfire to unwind for the evening and then turned in for the night.

Our camp spot.
The view out our window.
Sunday, it’s Lindas B-Day, we were up early had our breakfast and off to explore some more camp spots in Blackwater River State Forest and then up the road 20 miles or so to Conecuh National Forest to Open Pond campground there, very nice. Then its off to Pensacola to “The Fish House” for dinner. We both had the world famous, Grits a’ Ya Ya, delicious. We really enjoyed the meal.
Tonite (Sunday) we are staying a Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola. Tommorrow we're haulin' our ashes down to St. George Island State Park for some R&R, so says Linda.
Sorry but up in this part of the state it's difficult to get a signal for the "aircard" so my posts will come when I have signal (I really need to get an amplifed antenna).
See ya down the road as we're 'Dancin' On The Wind'

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