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West Florida road trip - lots of pictures, and a little commentary.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Left home on Wednesday the 17th. We are working our way north on the west coast of FL heading to the gulf coast.

We stayed 2 days at Manatee State Park.





On to St Georges Island State Park for one night


Beautiful white sand beach. I ran 4 miles on this beach, even though I didn't have my running shorts on. It was really cool, so I ran in jeans.

Our campsite was very secluded - nice and private.


Next day, we went to St Josephs Peninsula State Park, where we stayed for one night.



This campsite was open and visible to all the other campers. Nice neighbors made it very enjoyable.

Another white sandy beach, where we met this fisherman. He reeled in a good sized whiting while we talked. DW and I walked quite a ways on this beach then over to another campsite and back to ours. It felt like about 4 miles. Good exercise and wonderful scenery.

There was a boardwalk which crossed the swamp area, with lots of vegetation and plenty of sawgrass. The white dunes were visible farther away.

Right now we are parked in a Walmart lot and having a couple of slices of Papa John's Pizza for lunch. There is wifi available here, so I thought I'd post some pictures of our trip.
We stopped here because my battery went bad last night. I had been having some trouble with it, but confirmed it was sot this morning, when I checked it and it only showed 10.7 volts. Walmart gave me a pro-rated credit on the new battery, so I got about 55 dollars off the price on the new one.

After I post this blog, we're heading to St Andrews State Park CG for 2 nights, then on to Fort Pickens CG in Gulf Breeze, FL.

Will play it by ear after that, but I tentatively plan to spend some time in Apalachicola Nat'l Forest and Osceola Nat'l Forest as well.

It stinks that I pay every month for 3g connectivity on my iPhone, but seldom can get a signal when camped. Glad I found this wifi spot.

Will try and send some more info and pictures later this week.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.
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CM_GARDNER78 4/26/2013 8:25AM

    BEAUTIFUL pictures!! How wonderful - I want to spend my retirement in EXACTLY this way!!! Looks like fun! Enjoy the rest of your trip!! :-)

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CHEMCHIC2006 4/23/2013 8:16AM

    What a way to see and experience nature. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to more!

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MASRITE 4/23/2013 12:39AM

    Love all the pics. Have a wonderful time!! And, running on the beach? Awesome!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/22/2013 12:50PM

    Looks like a great time

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LINDAKAY228 4/22/2013 11:03AM

    Looks like you are having a great time! I love camping and those areas look so beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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SEABREEZE64 4/22/2013 6:00AM

    What a fun trip. We used to winter (snowbirds) along Alabama's coast and I have great memories of the beach, the fishing, the ocean, and the hiking trails.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/21/2013 10:07PM

    Looks like a great trip!

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LAURIE5658 4/21/2013 8:53PM

    Coming from an RV'ing family I truly appreciate this blog. Thank you, Vic!

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KELSEY54 4/21/2013 8:50PM

    Enjoy your trip, we winter in Destin. We keep planning to go over to Fort Pickens but haven't yet made it. Oh well, maybe next year.
Laura

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LIVINGFREE19 4/21/2013 7:58PM

    Love the pics!

Sounds like a very fun time!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/21/2013 7:52PM

    Thanks so much for sharing! Looks lovely!

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CHANGINGHORSES 4/21/2013 7:43PM

    Thanks for sharing your pics!
I am so jealous. Enjoy, how's the fishing BTW?

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MBSHAZZER 4/21/2013 6:15PM

    Gorgeous photos! Glad you are enjoying!

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NATPLUMMER 4/21/2013 5:27PM

    Looks like you are having a great time.

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KANDOLAKER 4/21/2013 4:57PM

    Looks like a fabulous adventure - thanks for sharing and have fun!!

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STRIVERONE 4/21/2013 4:48PM

    It's great to hear you're just having a good time doing what you want to do.

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DALID414 4/21/2013 2:54PM

    You are SO living the life Vic.
Thanks for the free trip. I'm a traveling wimp, I haven't left California in years!

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