Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Carrabelle and Cedar Key, FL 2016-2017

Not a whole lot to report while we were in Carrabelle this year. We stayed from November to March. We had already done everything last year while we were there so we didn't have much to do but hang out. Plus I was working on getting my foot fixed so I really couldn't be too active during the healing process (still working on getting it fixed but it is much better then it was). I spent a lot of time crafting on my Cricut and making tutu's for Brinlee. We went home for Christmas. I just couldn't be away from Brinlee at Christmas, she is at such a fun age right now. And spent a lot of time on FaceTime with her. She takes us with her everywhere she goes and plays with us. She gets mad when she has to hang up, and it makes me sad.
We took Frank and Nancy to Tyndall Air Force base so Frank could see the planes and get his haircut. He was like a little kid.

 Went to Wakulla Springs to see the manatee's on a morning when it was in the 30's. We got to see several and they were mating that is why they were so active when we were there. I was so happy to be able to see them. Last year there wasn't any to see when we went.
 We found a boardwalk in Apalachicola that takes you out to the river. It was a nice peaceful walk out to the end.
We walked on the beach at St. George Island State Park many times to find shells. On one of our walks we found this carved in the sand. We also found a good spot to find sand dollars (little ones but was able to find a lot this year). Louie surf fished and I looked for shells and sand dollars.
 Took Frank and Nancy out to Tate's Hell to a boardwalk that overlooks the river between Eastpoint and Apalachicola. Beautiful view!
 One Sunday we checked out the Maritime Museum in Apalachicola. The area had a sponge industry at one time along with their logging industry and oyster/fishing industry. The area has a lot of history and that is what we like to see on our travels.

 Some boats at the museum.
My cousins, Kenny and Jeanne from Colorado, were staying in Panama City for a couple of months and drove over to see us for a few hours. We had a wonderful visit on a beautiful day.
Kelly came and visited us too for a couple days. We took her to all our favorite areas in the short time she was visiting. (Wakulla Springs, Leon Sinks, Sopchoppy Pizza, Carrabelle Junction, and St. George Island State Park).
 We drove over to Panama City one day to kill some time. It was a beautiful day and wasn't real busy yet due to the Spring Breakers coming soon.
 We got up early one morning to drive over to St. George Island to the east end to see the sunrise. It was a little chilly but it was beautiful.
 We started a new hobby when we don't have anything else to do. Geocaching!! This is our first find in Apalachicola at Up the Creek Restaurant. This will be something I will start including in by blog from now on. We are really enjoying it and it takes you places you wouldn't normally go and you see things that aren't in your normal route. The caches come in all different sizes and difficulties. We have found many different types so far in the little time we have been doing it (we've found 42 so far and a handful we weren't able to find). We have also purchased our trinket to include in the caches when we find one we can put it in and exchange. We are looking forward to taking the kids with us when we can. It is a great family activity and I hope this will encourage some of our friends to start getting out and doing this too. It is one way to spend quality time together with your spouse, kids. and friends. You won't be disappointed on the hunting and treasures you will find. We are still new at it and still learning but once we learn new things I will include that in the blogs.
 This is our first micro caches we found. It took us a while to find it but once we figured out there was something that didn't belong we figured out that it was the cache.
 This is a location we wouldn't have found if we wouldn't have been geocaching. It was really pretty and the roots from the trees were neat(it was like this all the way down the beach). We look forward to all the new places we will go while geocaching, even at home. We wouldn't believe that they are right in front of you in places you go all the time but they are hidden so good that you wouldn't even notice them there. I don't know how many times we had been to some of the places we found some and just walked by them and had no idea. One in particular was at the bathroom at St. George Island State Park. This spot is where we would always go to walk the beach until we got a pass to go all the way to the east end of the park but would still stop there to use the bathroom before going on down.
 They had Fort Gordon Johnston Day/Parade while we were still there. We were in the parade last year but chose not to participate this year. They had a fly-in with some planes and helicopters from the era of WWII and many other vehicles. This is the replica of the plane (from the movie) Amelia Earhart flew.
 A vehicle in the parade I thought was interesting.
We had lunch with some of our friend from the campground at the Blue Parrott on the Island. We always have a good time with this bunch of people. They are all family to us and love them all. We had a Low Country Boil the last night we were in Carrabelle thanks to all our wonderful friends/family at the campground and it was wonderful food.
 Louie had me drive to our next stop in Cedar Key, FL. I drove more then half the way, it was mostly a straight drive for me so nothing too difficult other then going through a town with several lights and turning into the campground itself but we made it with no incidents.
 We drove over to Cedar Key to check it out at night. It shuts down early for it having mostly bars on Dock Street.
 Some pelicans and water turkeys at Cedar Key.
 Drove over to Manatee Springs this morning after we had breakfast at Holey Moley Donuts and more at Cedar Key. The water was so clear and such pretty colors. It was pretty chilly this morning too and was hoping to see some manatees but didn't see any up in the spring.
These are cypress trees that we walked through on the boardwalk out to Suwannee River at the end of the spring.
Got to the end of the boardwalk and there were about 20 manatees. I almost thought we might have driven all the way over there for nothing other then the park/spring itself. But they were there and I was so happy.
There is a lot more we want to see here in this area so we are adding it to our stops on our way south for the winter. We didn't do any geocaching because we are going to save it for when we come back and we were only here for 2 nights. Heading to Hudson, FL in the morning after we change a tire on the trailer. We found a bulge in one and don't want to take any chances of a blow out on the way to our next stop. We will get it fixed once we get to Hudson. We will be busy the next 3 weeks beings we will be in some new locations so I should have more to blog about in the days to come. I hope everyone is still following me even though I haven't blogged in a while but really haven't had anything to share. I hope we do this year so I will keep you updated as we go.

Happy Camping and Geocaching!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Our last leg of the 2016 trip

On November 12th we drove to Kingsland, GA and stayed at a campground. We weren't too impressed with the campground so we changed our departure time to head to Florida. While we were in Georgia we drove up to Skipper's Fish Camp that we liked so much when we were there a year ago. Yep, it is definitely one of those restaurants that we will go back to as often as we can. Louie had flounder and I got Brunswick stew.
When we got done eating we walked around a little. We have already seen Darien but we just love this area.

The next day we drove over to the Historic St. Mary's. What a neat little area this is and Louie has decided this is a contender of an area where we could live eventually. He really liked the swings at the park that overlooked the bay where you can see the boats come and go. This is also the Cumberland Island National Seashore and where you get on the ferry to go over to Cumberland Island. The day we were there the tide was 2 feet above normal and so the tide came out in the road and they had some roads blocked off.

We thought this was interesting. The trees where in the road.

Louie liked the sign in the bar window,
Later we went back to Jekyll Island and stopped by the Horton house and a cemetery across the road. The one person is from the 1700's. We just love this island and this is another contender of where we might live some day. But one thing is for sure, is if we camp down in that area again we will have to find a better campground to stay at.

We made it back it our second home of Carrabelle on the 14th. It was like we had never left. We missed everyone and can't wait until the rest of the snow birds get here. We had a welcome sign from Jen when we got in.

Louie finally decided to surf fish with his bass rod and caught a small hammerhead shark and the second day he spent 30 minutes trying to get in a huge red fish just for a Nerf shark to come in and eat it. So he went and got himself a bigger rod.

Just to let everyone know, we probably won't be doing too much on this trip but if we do anything I will update as it all happens. Until next time.

Happy Camping!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Back at it!

Here we are in November and finally back on the road where we belong. We sure have missed it.

We got both, Jordan and Colton married off this year and we took a trip to Vegas (Las Vegas, NV not Las Vegas, NM). And now we are in South Carolina.

The Vegas was a nightmare trip from the beginning. We had plans on taking a train out and had our tickets to go. Louie contacted Jesse (a friend of ours we were going out to see) to see how far the train station was from him. Come to find out there is no train station in Las Vegas, NV but we were going to be going to Las Vegas NM. When I booked it, it didn't give me a state and I just assumed there was only one Las Vegas. Who knew there was one in New Mexico. So I called to cancel that trip but she wanted me to go ahead and just add to what we already had. That would include another 12 hours on a train plus a 3 hours bus trip into Las Vegas, NV on top of the already 22 hour train ride out and 3 hour car ride to the train station in Chicago. We just decided to fly out and take a train ride (on our bucket list) another time. Well we got the last flight out of Indianapolis on a Friday night. Well our flight was delayed due to a broken handle on the cargo door. That took 4 1/2 hours to fix so we missed our connecting flight in Minneapolis. (Worse flight ever.) So when we got to the gate they were supposed to have new flights for us the next day. They put us on different flights arriving different times. I wasn't having any of that. We got that fixed then our seats weren't together (not on the first flight either). They gave us a hotel voucher and there was supposed to be a shuttle waiting on us. No shuttle so we stayed in the airport all night. We tried to get the first flight out the next morning on stand by but every flight that went out on Delta was over booked. So we just waited for our next flight. Luckily the rows we were in they didn't put the couples together either so we were able to move. We finally made it to Vegas 12 hours later then we had originally planned but we made it. Jesse and Rosell were there to pick us up. What a welcoming site they were. We got to our hotel and got settled in. Well our hotel was under construction so the pool was closed (we had plans of sitting by the pool all day in a cabana one day while we were there) and all the shops inside our hotel were closed as well. We got to see mostly everything in Vegas we wanted to see (the Bellagio Fountain during the day and at night, took a gondola ride at the Venetian, seen all the lights at night, went downtown, Louie got to get his picture taken with Elvis, and seen a show). On Sunday, we had a cookout at Jesse and Rosell's and Brad and Chante came down to see us from Utah. We had a wonderful time catching up and laughing. Our flight back was a much better experience and we made it home without and snags.

We headed out on our winter trip on November 5th. We stopped in Kentucky for a night and then in Tennessee for 2 nights. The campground we stopped at was close to a trail head for the AT so we wanted to take advantage of hopping onto it for about a mile and coming back. Well that will be an experience I will never forget. We got about a quarter of a mile in when what appeared but a BEAR!!!
I don't think I have ever been so scared for my life. But needless to say that was the end of our hike on the AT this time.

We found out how much we are out of shape when we had to climb these stairs at the beginning of the trailhead and it was pretty much straight up the whole short hike we took.
The hike was so stressful we had to go get something to eat. We drove into Gatlinburg and ate at Crockett's. We had eaten here before when we went last year. Louie decided he needed to get the skillet breakfast and it came out like this and all that food. He ate most of it. We also ran into one of Jordan's friends (Brady Wiles) while we were there. It really is a small world sometimes.
We were asked if the trees where still in color. We didn't miss all the colors but they were about done. The mountains are so beautiful in the fall and we were so glad we got to see them again this year. They never get old.

Now we are in South Carolina near Hilton Head Island. We are at a really nice campground (it's new). We are backed up to the lake on the property. Louie has fished everyday that we have been here. No luck the first day but last night we were able to catch some blue gill with dough. This morning he caught a few bass. He is loving that he can still fish in November.
This tiny house is parked permanently here at the campground. On the other side it has solar panels on the roof. It is cute but I'm not too sure if I could live in something quite that small.
Yesterday we drove over to Hilton Head Island. We seen the lighthouse and walked around a little. Drove over to South Beach and another beach. We weren't too impressed with one of the beaches because it had a huge pipe that ran down the whole beach and just wasn't attractive.

The island is still cleaning up from Hurricane Matthew. I guess they just recently opened it back up to the public. So we seen a lot of the damage that they are still trying to fix. However, we have decided that the island is way too big for us and way too busy. I can't even imagine what it is like during peek season. We like the smaller not so busy islands.

Today we went to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. We weren't sure if we would see much wildlife since it is November but we did end up seeing a few butterflies and birds. Oh, and I almost stepped on a snake. Let's just say it scared me a little bit (caught me off guard). My nerves are still a bit touchy still from the bear incident. But it was a nice little hike this morning (we hiked about 2 miles in). After that we stopped at the outlet mall to pick up a few things before we head out Saturday. Tomorrow we are running to Camping World over by Savannah to pick up a few things we need as well and maybe go out to eat for Veterans Day.

Happy Camping!!!!