Year: 2019

  • Leaving Florida: Old Storms and New Storms

    Leaving Florida: Old Storms and New Storms

    Park Just Reopened Torreya State Park in Bristol, Florida had just reopened after Hurricane Michael’s damage six months ago. Bruce had been back-country backpacking here over 25 years ago and wanted to see it again on our way out of Florida April 17th.

  • An Oasis near Orlando – Wekiwa Springs State Park

    An Oasis near Orlando – Wekiwa Springs State Park

    There is so much to do at Wekiwa Springs State Park and being located in the suburbs of Orlando makes it especially crowded on the weekends. Arriving on April 13th for 4 nights didn’t give us enough time (seems to be a common problem!!) to do everything we wanted to do. After a long drive […]

  • Everglades and Biscayne National Parks

    Everglades and Biscayne National Parks

    A consolation for leaving the Keys behind April 8th is knowing we are coming back next year. As usual, moving is bittersweet. I am sad to leave one place and happy to experience the next place. This time it’s The Everglades a beautifully diverse place with lots of wildlife.

  • The Keys and an Anniversary Trip to Dry Tortugas National Park

    The Keys and an Anniversary Trip to Dry Tortugas National Park

    Three months ago we decided to head to Florida so Bruce could share the Keys, Dry Tortugas National Park and The Everglades National Park with me. He was here after completing his Masters at University of Miami in 1993. Campground reservations in the Keys were not available until April 1st. With that pin in the […]

  • Arcadia and Port Charlotte Florida with Friends & Family

    Arcadia and Port Charlotte Florida with Friends & Family

    As we made our way from Tampa Bay area to the Keys, it was so nice to visit family and friends in the Nokomis and Port Charlotte areas. Private RV resorts were the best option for proximity and availability in these popular areas unless we reserved months in advance. We thought the snowbird season was […]

  • Animals in Orlando and Tampa areas – Canaveral National Seashore

    Animals in Orlando and Tampa areas – Canaveral National Seashore

    After a couple of weeks in Georgia, we hoped to see more availability for campsites in Florida leading up to our reservation in the Keys April 1st. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post to see pictures!

  • Waiting out the Snowbirds in Georgia – Cumberland Island National Seashore

    Waiting out the Snowbirds in Georgia – Cumberland Island National Seashore

    Getting campsite reservations in Florida on short notice before April when the RV snowbirds have cleared out is nearly impossible. We found the state parks full and county parks are mostly non-reservable. We are not usually fans of expensive RV resorts with more neighborhood than nature. We’ve never RV’d in Florida but it seems RVers […]

  • Gulf Coast: Texas, Louisiana, Florida

    Gulf Coast: Texas, Louisiana, Florida

    My imagination told me the Gulf Coast would provide crystal blue water, warm sunny weather and gorgeous white sand beaches.  It was mostly wrong until we got to Florida. Each of four stops are covered here: 1. Galveston Island State Park – Galveston, Texas Once we were on Galveston Island, the iconic pastel-colored beach houses […]

  • Waco, Texas

    Waco, Texas

    A visit to Waco, Texas to see where the filming of a favorite TV show, Fixer Upper, takes place did not disappoint. We stayed at the beautifully re-done Mother Neff State Park, about 30 minutes south of Waco. State Parks are usually the perfect mixture of nature and amenities, which means electric and maybe water […]

  • Finally Made It To Abilene State Park, Texas

    Finally Made It To Abilene State Park, Texas

    Last time we were scheduled for Abilene State Park Texas in October, they got flooded and our reservation was cancelled.

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