Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Friday, April 5, 2013

Off to the Fort

March 27th we packed up to move on to Fort Pickens National Seashore. We didn't want to leave St. Joe but had to because our two weeks were up . We had checked out our route the night before and know better than to hurry the process of packing up the HOW. As we were getting ready to go the water pump wouldn't work. Jeff tried a few things but couldn't get it to pump. We decided we would work on it when we got to our next stop. Jeff knew there was a Camping World close by if he needed parts. This little glitch made us a bit behind schedule if we had one. We got on the road around 10:30. We jumped on 98 West thinking that would be a good pick. Jeff's GPS and my iPhone agreed on the route. We don't know if the traffic was because of spring breakers or if its just gotten really busy here but It was a horrible trip, the traffic was nonstop. You couldn't get away from all the vehicles. Then because of the traffic, people just get more anxious and do stupid things.The one thing we had going for us was the weather, it was a beautiful day.

We arrived at Fort Pickens and the drive thru the park was awesome. The sand was as white as I've seen it and the water so blue and pretty. Another thing we had to do was move after one night because when Jeff made the reservation he had a day with no camp site. He was able to find another site but it was in another loop. When we arrived we both were concerned about getting into this site but really didn't have any other option as this was the only spot available. After much maneuvering, We did it!!!! YEAH!!  We didn't unload everything cause we are moving again tomorrow so our set up was quick.

Thursday we loaded up to make our move from loop C to loop A. What kinda upset us was we found out this new spot was empty last night....yikes! We wanted to get everything set up because the ranger told us the Blue Angels are practicing this morning at 11:30. So we got the HOW moved and everything set up. These loops are pretty tight to get around in. We did really well both times backing into our sites.                    

We got in the truck and drove up to the fort cause some neighbors said that's where you can see really well. The Blue Angels started right on time and it was a site to see. We have see them before but it doesn't matter how many times you see them they never disappoint. It's amazing how precise they can fly . They practiced about 45 minutes and the time flew by.After the Blue Angels we decided to make a trip into town to go to the store and again the traffic was ridiculous.  On Friday I walked and noticed all the osprey that are here. We also took our bikes and rode up to the fort and looked around. There is a lot of history here. It's not my favorite thing but Jeff loves it. We stopped at many different points of interest and looked and took pictures. I decided to go to the beach which is located right across the street while Jeff went on the tour of the Fort. The lady that did the tour has been doing it for over 30 years and today was her last day so I think she probably was able to give lots if details. We did make a couple trips out of the just into town for dinner, then we went in Easter morning for church and Jeff made a trip across town early to get the water pump and fill the truck on Saturday. The rest of our time here was spent walking, riding bikes and sitting on the beach. Oh and Jeff did get the water pump changed out and we now have a working water pump!

This will be our last spot in the state of Florida as we are starting our slow journey back to Iowa next. Getting excited to see our kids and grand kids. We will go slow though, so it should take us til the end of April.