After much preparation we are off to Juniper Springs and Alexander Springs for a much needed spring break. We will be practicing boondocking some more to prep us for the long summer trip. We created checklist which should hopefully have prevented many forgotten items. Except for the tiny bungee cords to hold together the canoe tiedowns. They are flapping noisily against the roof of the truck. Wal-Mart here we come – again!
I said we had a plan! And what an adventurous plan it is. At this writing our summer will consist of approximately 3500 miles, at least 12 reserved campgrounds, hiking, swimming, canoeing, train riding (and dinner in a train car, if Lesa gets her way) and of course lots of campfires and marshmallows. I will be in Photography Heaven if the sites are true to reality.
Our first stop will be Acadia National Park in Maine. We will be staying at Acadia for a week. According to the following site, we will have more than enough to see and do. Besides, this is a beautiful site even if you don’t get to travel there. Check out the photograph gallery. Breathtaking!
We will be staying at Seawall Campground http://www.acadiamagic.com/seawall-campground.html , on the southwest end of the Mount Desert Island. Bar Harbor is on the other side of the island, but a little distance won’t keep us from heading over for a Maine Lobster meal! And, oh, all the things to see and do between Seawall and Bar Harbor. So exciting.
Next stop……….Covered Bridge Campground in Conway, New Hamshire.
Well the traveling Wallaby’s are heading to DC. We left yesterday and had a fairly good trip. We came to some slowdowns due to accidents so we decided to stop at The Comfort Inn Campground in St. George, South Carolina. Yes, a campground located at a hotel. It was okay for a one night stop over. Nothing to write home about except the warm pool. It was very nice to swim in a fairly clean and definitely warm pool after a long drive across several states.
Getting off early in the morning we headed back out and are now staying at the South Forty Campground in Petersburg, Va. This is a pretty campground with a much larger and cleaner pool. Again it was wonderful swimming after a long day in the truck, especially since we were rather sweaty. We have decided this is a must for traveling. The nearby restaurant, Nino’s Italian, though is a pass by as it was not that good. We use an app called AllStays and it is great for finding the nearest campgrounds, rest stops, truck plazas and our favorite, Walmarts that allow overnight stays. Highly recommend it!
Since most of what we are doing is traveling I don’t have much to talk about except to report that the first of the premade breakfasts we tried were pretty good. (I spent a whole day cooking and freezing to-go breakfasts for the trip.) The breakfast burritos were a hit with me and Jim, not so much for Kaelin. Tomorrow we will try the Cheesy Egg Puffs.
The other thing that made the trip good so far is a game we made up. We each pick something to find and whomever sees it first gets 5 points. Once a person gets 20 points they get to pick the next thing. When I couldn’t record our initial anymore that item was scratched off. We had things like alligators, dogs, license plate numbers that spelled actual words and many other fun things. Did you know green is not a popular car color? It really helped pass the time.
Tomorrow we only have about 3 hours to get to our final destination: Cherry Hill Campground. So excited!
A warm breeze, sea oats rustling in the wind and sounds from the beach greet us this morning. It is a lovely, sunny Father’s Day. Jim is spending it lazing away, just the way it should be.
We spent the morning drinking coffee and eating my famous Crescent cinnamon rolls (Jim’s favorite.) Outside of our camper window we spied the resident iguana. Perhaps he spied us? We watched him awhile, eating our rolls and wondering if mosquitoes were a real problem back in Henry Flagler’s day. Our guess is probably not. We believe that with development the creatures that ate pesky mosquitoes became less while unfortunately mosquitoes still manage to reproduce in the thousands.
Fortunately, with the ocean breeze we are not swarmed with mosquitoes, just a few and a few no see-ums. As it is rather warm we did forego our planned morning bicycle ride and are seriously thinking about swimming time. Perhaps! Or maybe we will just continue to sit here and laze away. After all isn’t that what today is all about?
We arrived at Long Key State Park mid afternoon on Tuesday. Today is Friday and I’m wishing I never had to leave this park. It is truly amazing. Our camper butts right up to the water. The water is shallow for yards and yards out. It is warm and clear and underneath is a world that I would never had guessed was there.
Snorkeling seems to be the prevalent past time here and for good reason. Because of the shallow warm water even young children can safely swim and snorkel. Myself I have always had a deep fear of going under water. I watched Jim last year go under in his mask and snorkel and was so jealous. This year he talked me into going to a dive shop and trying on prescription masks. The guy at Discount Dive in Marathon, the first shop we went to, was very kind and helpful. I explained my situation and he told me how to ease into it. We didn’t buy from him however only because the mask he had didn’t fit quite like the one I ended up buying from Tilden’s Dive Shop / Hawk’s Cay Resort Marina.
Once I became comfortable with the mask and snorkel I truly fell in love with this place, because not everything is visible to the unmasked eye. I will hopefully later be able to post some pictures I took with Jim’s underwater camera. I will save that for a later post.
I would recommend this park for anyone looking to really relax and have fun. There are about 50 sites, some just for tents and others for campers. They aren’t extremely deep but we had very little trouble backing in and setting up. Be aware the sites are sandy.
Anyone that knows us also knows that we love biking. There is a bike trail that runs off and on throughout the keys. The one that runs in front of Long Key State park is a little run down but from what we could tell they are working on repaving the trails. At least in parts of the keys they are. Hopefully the one here is on the list. We have only ridden in the park so far but perhaps we can ride later today and have a more positive report on the trail than what we can see from the road.
The only other real negatives are sand spurs and no see ums. Definitely bring some Avon Skin So Soft as that does work. Bring a fan to set up outside too to help deter the little buggers. Otherwise ENJOY!
I am really working hard at getting a blogging education. Pressing buttons is the best way to really get to “know” your computer and it’s capabilities, so that’s what I did. I scrolled, typed, pasted, you name it. I think I’m starting to get a handle on how to set our blog page up. I added our Flickr account as a link on the side bar. This way if interested parties, and I’m hoping that’s you, want to check out our adventures visually, you can visit the site. Simply click on the link and it will take you to the Flickr site. Jim does a pretty good job of updating pictures on there. Enjoy.
Now since this only took 3 hours to accomplish and work is just around the corner, I’m going to bed. Until the next time.
Perhaps this weekend I’ll finally tell the tale of 3 reluctant bicycle campers and their adventure to Fanning Springs State Park.