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

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Grayton Beach State Park


Sunday March 22-Its moving day and both of us are excited. Its a new place we have never visited and its close so not far to drive. It was really foggy and wet to start the day, but we had plenty of time for it to dry. We aren't going to leave until close to check out time because its only about 30 miles to Grayton Beach and we don't want to have to wait there. We had traffic on our drive over but we expected that. After we got away from Panama City Beach the traffic cleared. Since this was our first time at this park we weren't positive on the route. The GPS had one way and my phone another. Went with the phone and it worked out great. You never know, we figured both would get us there but not always the best way. We arrived and found our site #58. Its located in the new loop and its a big roomy site that is very clean. We got in and before we could even set up we had visited with 2 different couples, and a camp host. Its very friendly here. Our site has 50 amp service with sewer and water. We love our spot. The park itself is very small, only 59 sites in the park. They have 2 loops, ours the newer and the older one which is not the best for big rigs. It has 30 amp service and no sewer. The shower house's (2) are nice and they have laundry facilities. After we finished setting up and a bit more visiting we walked to the beach which is about 1/2 mile walk.

Its only the first day here but as of now we are really loving this place.

Monday March 23- I woke up with a list of things I wanted to get done. I wanted to go start exploring a bit but needed to get my work done. I went for a walk and I noticed the lakes and flowers that are around. It must be spring in Florida.

After my walk and getting my work done, Jeff and I unloaded the bikes and kayaks. Then Jeff and I hopped on the bikes and found the bike path. We went left out of the park on 30A. It was a very nice path. All paved with lots to see. It passes by lakes, over little bridges, shops, restaurants, and views of the ocean.

We ended up riding about 8 miles. Jeff had a spot he wanted to find......Stinkys, its a bait shop. When we found it and went in both of us decided it was the nicest bait shop we had ever seen. She gave Jeff some tips on bait and what's been caught I was admiring there selection of t-shirts.

We made our way back to the campground and had some supper and I finished the laundry.

Tuesday March 24- The morning started off cloudy. I went on my walk. I've been walking to the beach every morning, its only about a mile but I love starting the day looking at that view every day. I think I must have some beach bum in me.

We took the bikes out for a ride. Jeff wanted to find The Red Bar, lots have recommended it. Its a little pricey and Jeff said I wouldn't like anything there. We spotted another bar there called Shorty's and they have live music everyday. We are going to go back for sure. Then back home for lunch and another trip to the beach. Jeff came with and tried fishing. It was so windy he just gave up.

After the beach we went to the store. It was the other way on 30A. Lots of stuff to see there. Have to take the bikes and check it out. Ended the day with a walk back to the beach to see the sunset. We met a couple there Simone & Luis...they just started full timing. We had a nice visit with them. They have traveled the world not just the states.

Wednesday March 25-Started my day with a walk to the beach unlike the other day its, not cloudy. It was so pretty and no people, so peaceful.

We decided to go back to the beach this afternoon. The wind seemed a bit less and the temperature a bit  warmer. Jeff again tried his luck at fishing but again no good.

After a few hours we loaded back up and headed back. Jeff had invited Simone and Luis over to visit. That's the couple we met on the beach. It was fun to hear about there world travels. Wow they really live life on the edge. We are definitely more into planning ahead. You meet the most interesting people out on the road.

Thursday March 26-Its cloudy this morning and looks like rain. I hurried to get my walk in. Jeff had time to walk as well. Looks like its gonna be a stay in kind of a day. Simone & Luis stopped by to say good bye. We exchanged cards and said our good byes.

It was pretty much rainy the rest of the day. We did get a small break so we took the dogs out for a quick walk around the loop. I spent a lot of my time quilting, getting close to finishing this one.

Friday March 27- It started out in the 60's but fell into the 50's with cool wind. We left early to make a Walmart run. Since it was early and there was a Waffle House up the road we decided to get breakfast. Then just to make the morning better across from the Waffle House was outlet malls. I just had to take a look. Made one more stop on the way home at the store. Unloaded our purchases when we got home. It wasn't too long before the sun came out. It felt a bit warmer so we hopped on the bikes to head for Seaside. We looked around at the unique shops and restaurants.

One thing that we thought was neat was these air streams they had lined up. They had all been converted to street side food vendors. They offered ice cream, grilled cheese, barbeque, hot dogs and smoothies. Lots of people were in line for the grill cheese 25 deep. We went across the street and found the taco bar. Jeff and decided to get a little something. He got a taco and we shared some chips and salsa. Both were really good.

We did a little more walking around and looking at the shops. We found them to be a bit pricey. We did find a shop that sold fudge so we got a chunk of that to share. It was really good. We headed back home, we have left the dogs alone enough today. It was a windy ride on the way home, good thing we didn't go very far.

Saturday March 28-Brrrrrrrr its a chilly one this morning. It got down in the 40's last night. If you get cold weather you build a fire. It was nice cause the sun was shining but it was really cool. I did walk but I had on more clothes. We don't really do a lot on the weekends. Took a small bike ride. That's what Jeff loves about this area...the bike paths. Again since it was cool out we made a supper that's good in cool weather....turkey. It turned out really good. Jeff found the recipe on line. It was a very clear night so we decided to check out the sunset, boy were we glad we did. It was a beauty.