We have being staying here since Monday. Nice little park around 62 spaces. Wouldn’t recommend it for RVs over about 42 as there is some tight spaces to maneuver in to get around. Though there are a few on the outside that might work if they are open.
It’s been near full the whole time we’ve been here. Has small bath house and coin laundry. Clubhouse with some activities. Mostly it’s just laid back relaxation, like the rest of Cedar Key. Website: http://www.cedarkeyrv.com/index.html
It’s right on the water, tide goes out to leave exposed mud flats and it brings in all sorts of birds. Osprey are nesting close by so you hear them and see them throughout the day. Cedar Key is a pretty laid back place. Similar to the actual keys without the gorgeous ocean. More inland mud flats in most locations that you can get too. Doesn’t have the blue-green color of the water in areas I’ve seen. But it is nice for a relaxing get away. Our temporary home away from home.
So we went out to St. George Island early this morning so Scot could go metal detecting on the beach. It’s spring break time here, so he thought it might be good. As we came out on the beach from the trail we saw the sand littered with beer cans and other trash. As I came once again to the realization that people are pigs. Seriously, people clean up your trash. The trash cans several of them weren’t even 4 yards away from where people had just left they empty beer cans. Why? It’s no wonder that our society is going to hell in a hand basket with this kind of behavior. It just really pissed me off. I wish I have the power to just make the trash left follow whoever left it home or even there car maybe with some sand thrown in with it. Maybe their bed at home.. not their bed at their vacation site, but their bed at home. Every piece of trash they left in their beds waiting for them when they get back from their vacation of indulgence of not picking up their shit. End Rant
After I got done getting up ticked off about people I took my yoga mat and laid it out near the crashing surf. Not close enough to get wet, but close enough to block out all the noise and just focus on the ocean. There I focused on the moment and did several sun salutes and some other yoga poses to try and elevate some hip problems I’m having and to focus breathing in the moment. Pausing to watch the dolphins swimming by and the pelicans flying. I might be able to learn to relax and breath if I could do that on a daily basis. There is just something about the sound of the ocean that just makes life better. I seriously need a bigger yoga mat though as the sand gets everywhere.
Gulf State Park – Alabama
In between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama sits Gulf State Park. It is a large state park with 3 lakes and miles of ocean front. Reservations can be made up to 14 months out or something like that, so it is hard to find a space, because there is no penalty for cancellation. They do some times have space available when the Reserve American website says they are booked. We were making reservations for next year, was told it was booked and to go to headquarters and sign up on the wait-list. When we got up there, found out that they had space available. So check your options.
The campground has full hookups. Big spaces and facilities available. There are a lot of easy hiking or bike paths. The beach is just a short bike ride away or you can drive to it easy.
There are signs every where warning not to feed or aggravate the alligators. So be careful where you walk your dog. We will definitely put this on our list of possible places to stay. It is very conveniently located to either Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.
Indian Pass Campground – Indian Pass, Florida
The campground is located about 23 miles from Apalachicola, Florida right on the bay. The beach is full of oyster shells and the water is pretty brackish. It is an older campground, looks like any updates were done out of necessity not for upkeep reasons. No sewers hook up, though there is a dump station and also they can pump you out for $15. Arrival time is 3pm.. if you get there before then, expect to pay $10 for the privilege of coming in early. Check out is at 10 am! It’s a small park, has a decent bath house. Several trailers in the park full time. There is a fishing charter that you can take for 2 ½ hours for $55 or you can also get a lift to the research island across the way.
Unfortunately the boat was down for engine repair while we were here, so that wasn’t an option for us. Though the campground is fine, it is kind of in the middle of nowhere. You have to drive at least 25 minutes to get to anything other then the small trading post. We did see dolphins in the bay one morning, so that was nice. Will we stay here again if we come this way, maybe if they charter is going just to go do the fishing part. Would love to get some fresh fish… we bought some at a fish market, but it’s so pricey, would be cheaper to pay for a charter.
So we are on vacation for the next couple of weeks, until the art show in Cedar Key, Florida. I’m not sure how to process vacations as we’ve taken so few of them. Usually a vacation is in the form of we are away from home doing a show and we have a few days before the next one, so we are on vacation. A few days is a lot different from two weeks.
Even when Scot was in the military, vacations were normally taken when we were moving to a new location. There is a handful of times that we vacationed with the kids. I regret that now, would have liked to spend more time with them without the normal hubba of life. To late to change that, but I would like to change it in my life now. To take time to smell the roses so to speak.. visit important people while we have the chance… see places I’ve always wanted to see… and yet in order to do that I have to start a whole different life pattern. Learn to stop and breathe and relax… take in the moment, instead of rushing to the next task.
Change is never easy for me, even if it’s a good thing. To often I feel the need to continue the work until it’s done, but what I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older is that the work is never done. There is always something more you could fix, finished, start, etc etc… but in the chaos of that, I think you miss the moments that make life worth living. There are thousands of them… that perfect sunrise or sunset, the cuddle with the cat/dog/child that only happens for brief moments before it’s gone, the scent of the flower in one second of time before it dies, and the list goes on. I want to collect those moments, store them up for when I’m in my darkest hour, breathe them in so I carry them in my cells, and live the life I was meant too; instead of the rush I’ve lived for far to long.
What moments are you missing?
Let’s talk food.. We discovered a couple restaurants in Orange Beach, AL that are worth the trip. The first one is Cosmo’s. We went at lunch time, it was packed. Calamari for appetizer.. was perfect. Scot had a fried oysters and shrimp, roasted garlic & bacon grits, and garlic asparagus. It was okay, nothing incredible. Neither one of us are big on the fried seafood, but it was the only variety they had. I had a grilled shrimp with a Parmesan risotto. The shrimp were ok, kind of tasted muddy. But the risotto was incredible. Perfect creamy and rich. I’d definitely recommend it if you go there. Service was good. http://www.cosmosrestaurantandbar.com/
The next day we went to GT’s on the Bay. It was before the regular lunch rush, so pretty empty. We had a great waitress. Very attentive without being obtrusive. Scot ordered the special of the day shrimp with a pasta dish, kind of creole based sauce. Sorry he can’t remember the name, but as he said “it was really good.” I did their version of shrimp and grits. The grits were deep fried, which I wasn’t sure I would like, but boy was a wrong… the sauce kind of reminded me of an etouffee. It was incredible.. was hard not to lick the bowl! http://www.gtsonthebay.com/
But the best was found was on the trip out of Orange Beach. In Perdido Key, Florida. We saw a sign for Greek Food on a food truck parked on Merrila St. There was enough parking we could pull in with the RV so we stopped. OH MY… if you like Greek food this is a must hit place. We had the gyro plates… traditional gyro meat with a grill pita bread, rice, fries and a Greek Salad.. and lots of tzaziki sauce. If you love garlicky tzaziki this is the best I’ve had since Germany. We will definitely put this on our trip plans if we come this way. The original Georgio’s Authentic Greek Food. https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiosTheGreek/
So we are traveling again for art shows, currently down near Orange Beach, Alabama. Today we went to the beach and I did something I’ve never done before… I just laid down on the sand without a blanket under me or anything. Always before I’m thinking I would get my clothes all sanding, but today I didn’t care. Life has hit me right in the heart with some major bumps and I figured maybe being right in the sand might help me ground a little.
It’s chilly down here, so I had long pants and a sweat shirt on, but I just pulled my hood up and laid down on the cold sand. Pulling my pants up enough that I could bury my feet and calves in the golden grains. And I just laid there as the wind blew sand crystals across my face, not hard enough to really hurt, but enough to sting just a little.
Did it help ground, maybe don’t really feel anymore settled then I did, but it did feel good just to lay there without my usual care of am I getting sand on me and will I get it in the car? So I suppose that is a start.
It also made me think about the stinging of the sand as it blew in the wind. How life is some times like that sand blowing… Some times things happen as they are like tiny crystals of sand blowing on your skin, some times it is just little irritating and some times it is hitting your skin so hard you think it is going to draw visible blood. When you look around you wonder why people can’t see that the sand has worn you to the bare threads of your soul.. that your essence is literally bleeding as though it’s worn away your skin.
And then you have to wonder if you are missing seeing the same thing when you look at them?