Saturday, September 7, 2019

GLOBETROTTING

Miramar Beach - The Emerald Coast in the
Panhandle of Florida

And there we were, already excited about being at one of our favorite destinations, and then it rains just about every day of our stay on the Emerald Coast in west Florida.

#1 State Park and RV Campground
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, FL is one of the most desired State Park RV resorts in Florida - always being voted #1 in the State of Florida.  This geographical area of Florida is referred to as The Emerald Coast because of the vivid blue green color of the water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Santa Rosa Beach, FL
How can you forget the white confectioner sugar sandy beaches?

This area is very desirable as far as real estate is concerned and so much development is taking place since our last visit.  Hard to believe all the new construction as you drive down Highway 30A. This popular and scenic highway connects Santa Rosa Beach to other planned communities such as Watercolor and Seaside to name a few.

While in Destin I completed an 8 week online business course which will enhance future ARTitude Adjustment classes. During our time in Destin I flew to Toronto for a 4 day business conference that had been scheduled since last April.

Toronto, Canada at nighttime

Toronto, Canada - on beautiful
Lake Ontario

 The trip in itself was worthy of a blogpost, but I'll just say the trip was very successful and worthwhile in many ways.

We are officially on our way to Red Bay, AL and will be in Montgomery, AL for an overnight.  We are traveling with our friends, Clay and Frances Croom, and Mrs. Lynette Croom, Clay's 87 year old spunky and lovable mother.  Our choice of a place to stay while we are getting service in Red Bay is always the Downtown Red Bay RV Campground.

Downtown Red Bay, AL -
Home of Tiffin Motorhomes

Highway 24 - also referred to affectionately as
Tammy Wynette Highway

The next few weeks will be interesting because northwest Alabama holds lots of exciting opportunities....but you have to look for them sometimes.

If you want the freshest catfish dinner anywhere, you
head to Swamp John's Restaurant, Red Bay, AL

The Rattlesnake Saloon  - yes, a pickup truck takes you
to the cave where the restaurant is located inside
Celebrated once a year on Labor Day Weekend - Worth a visit!
Only AKC Registered Coon Hounds are allowed to be buried here.

 By the way, Red Bay is the birthplace of our motorhome, Tiffin Motorhomes, and while we usually pull into town every year, this year we will be here as Red Bay celebrates 200 years on Founder's Day on September 21.  We try to make Red Bay one of our travel stops if possible, where we not only get to visit special friends but we receive exceptional and professional service for our Tiffin Allegro Bus.  




Saturday, August 17, 2019

SEE YOU LATER, ALLIGATOR

 Staying so long at our winter base gave us an opportunity to live in an almost private resort.  We had it all to ourselves.  When I walked each morning it was common to see rabbits, armadillos and see evidence that the coyotes were getting braver and coming closer to our lots in the evening.  We heard them but never saw them at night.

Summer at Florida Grande
Webster, FL

Our journey was about 5 hours away to the Panhandle of Florida to Ho Hum RV Campground in Carrabelle, FL.  We like Ho Hum for its no frills, beautiful scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico and views of nearby secluded Dog Island.   We have met with friends from Florida Grande, Clay and Frances Croom and our favorite camping buddy, Mrs. Croom (87 years young)

No Frills Ho-Hum RV Park
Carrabelle, FL

One of our favorite things to do at Ho Hum is to walk out on their private dock, witness the sunrise each morning with a cup of coffee in hand, and enjoy the solitude.  Ho Hum has very shallow tides and you see lots of fish, dolphin, pelicans - all looking for their next meal. 

Sunrise at Ho - Hum
Worth getting out of bed!!

A favorite day trip would be Ed Ball's Lodge (built in 1937) and Wakulla Springs State Park, in Wakulla Springs. 

Wakulla Springs State Park
Wakulla, FL

Wakulla Springs Lodge - 1937
Wakulla Springs State Park - Wakulla, FL

 The Florida State Park Service offers a boat tour on the protected part of Wakulla River and seeing shore birds, animals, alligators young and old, and many people who came to swim in the constant 70 degree temperature of the spring waters in a fenced area near the head of the Wakulla River. 
 
Nap Time Always for the Alligators
Wakulla Springs State Park


Wakulla Springs State Park - Wakulla, FL

Breathtaking views of wildlife at
Wakulla Springs State Park - Wakulla, FL

Lots of manatees enjoy the cool waters of
the Wakulla River - Wakulla Springs State Park

Our boat tour driver showed us so many amazing areas and upon leaving the biggest alligator I've ever seen announced appropriately "See you later, alligator!"

Alligators vary in size from newborn to mature alligators
Wakulla Springs State Park

We have always wanted to stop at a popular food truck called Hutton's Seafood, offering softshell crabs, shrimp, catfish and fresh oysters.  

Getting our seafood cravings adjusted
Huttons Seafood Food Truck - Crawfordville, FL

 So even though it was unbearably hot, we stopped and weren't unhappy with the wonderful fresh seafood we devoured in a non-air conditioned eating place with a fan continually blowing heated air.  Miserable, but our stomachs were full.

Ho Hum RV Campground
Carrabelle, FL

We are leaving "the Forgotten Coast" and are on the road again to travel west toward "the Emerald Coast", Destin, FL, on scenic US Highway 98 - one of the most beautiful of all Florida roads.  Lots of storm damage from Hurricane Michael still visible but it is so nice to see people are rebuilding and haven't let this deter their daily routines or lives.