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.
Things have been crazy at my home.. we are trying to put in a building to house the RV and organize a few things around here. Plus do art shows and make money to afford the building and stuff we are doing to make the house we are living in more marketable…ie: put in it’s own driveway and paint etc. So in April right the weekend before one of our biggest shows, we were going ten different directions as we were getting the pad put in for the building, try to build inventory that should have been done ages ago and just live. So what did we do when the plumbing inspector invited us on a camping rally with the local group of the Family Motor Coach Association.. The Horse Shu Kru? We made some cool Horse Shu Kru orbs and threw some things in the coach and took off for 3 days. Luckily Georgetown is only about 45 minutes from us. Scot took the coach and I followed after making a stop into the post office to mail some orders out.
We stayed at the Whispering Hills RV Park in Georgetown area. I highly recommend it as it’s nice and inexpensive. http://www.whisperinghillsrv.com/. Lots of amenities and large easy to get into sites. Beautiful Pond with the Canadian Geese swimming. There was even 6 goslings.
Anyway, it’s nice. But the nicest part of the whole experience was the Horse Shu Kru. Made of mostly retired folk, they were welcoming and just awesome. For 3 days, I spent most of my waking hours chatting, playing card games, eating group meals and more playing card games. I haven’t socialized that much since college. We had some much fun, that we joined the Kru and are planning on doing their monthly rallies as often as we can. Wise decision? Who knows, we probably should be working.. but sometimes you just got to play a little.
2015 hasn’t started out to be the best year ever, though I suppose it’s not the worst year either. January is filling up with little things gone wrong..
It started out with two art shows, Las Olas Part 1 and Boca Fest. Then only good thing I can say about them money wise is we won’t be doing them again. As we are looking at whether or not it was a wise decision to do Florida art shows this year and whether or not we can somehow make up the money spent from all the jury fees ($25-50 per show), show fees ($225-600) per show and living fees ($40-60 per night) in a campground just discounting all the buying food and living stuff, we get a call from our recently licensed son, his car has quit and won’t start. After calls to AAA we got it towed to the house and told him to use our old van to get to school. Problem solved right?
Next school day we get a text he is leaving for school.. 10 minutes later we get a call from him. Seems it was slick, the fastest and the worst the sheriff deputy has seem it since he’s lived there and Russel slide partly off the road and struck a tree. Airbags deployed and the van has a huge dent into right in the middle of the front. Totaled!
Now I know it’s just small shit.. the little things. Having dealt with major things, I truly understand. Russel is okay, that’s the important thing. But I also understand Russel now has no ride to school. And thanks to the school cancelling one of his classes he now has a split schedule with day and evening classes…
A good friend of mine took Russel to doctor, so we have confirmation that though bruise and shaken he is fine. The same friend looked over the his car and thinks it the fuel pump, but having thought that before with this car we are unsure as last time it ended up the computer after we had replaced the fuel pump.
So we are up to costly art shows, out two cars, one banged up son when my oldest texts. Her girlfriend is in the hospital.. so between trying to run things at our place, she’s trying to help out there.
Scot and I are at a junction now… what to do? Do we dump all the shows fees that we’ve already paid… $2000+ there, the campground fees that they will charge for canceling and just bag all the hope of earning so money selling art and go home?
I know it’s just small stuff.. but small broken pieces are what make entire towers crumble to the ground and the strongest person fall to there knees and beg. Sometimes I don’t think it’s the large heart wrenching moments that break you.. it’s the small every day occurrences that chip away at your resolve and strength little by little until you break… Just like the small good occurrences allow you to hang on a little longer…
Today we are just left wondering how to solve problems a 1000 miles away… and hoping that it’s done for now!