Travels to South Carolina – Saturday, November 23 to Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Well, our time in the Keys had to come to end;o(   We had the best time… 2 weeks with good friends at Curry Hammock SP followed by 2 weeks at Bahia Honda SP, site 24 on the water!! 
We were suppose to leave Bahia Honda on Sunday, the 24th.  However, there was some nasty weather coming in so we decided to head out on Saturday and take an extra day to travel to South Carolina. 
00 - Travel Map
Saturday, we left Bahia Honda SP and headed north on Rt. 1 through the Keys.
01 - Leaving Bahia Honda SP heading north on Route 1
Occasionally, we drove through some rain.02 - driving through rain showers
By the time we reached Homestead, the sun was out.
That was perfect for our side trip to our favorite Produce Stand!!
Robert Is Here
03 - Homestead sidetrip to Robert Is Here Farmstand
We loaded up with lots of great citrus, tomatoes, corn, kale, avocados
even got our photo taken with Robert;o))

03b - Homestead sidetrip to Robert Is Here Farmstand
We continued north on Route 27 toward the Southern end of Lake Okeechobee.
We had made a reservation at a country park called South Bay RV Park in Belle Glade, FL.  04 - South Bay RV Park Sign

We got a nice site, but more importantly, they had a laundry!!  
04b - South Bay RV Park Campsite
We managed to get our two weeks worth of laundry done…Yea:o))

On Sunday, we only had a short drive… just over an hour.

We were headed back to St. Lucie South COE Park in Stuart, Florida.

We arrived before lunchtime and were on site 7 right next to Gail and Rick.03 - Our Site and Gail and Rick's Site  03b - Our Site is along the Okeechobee Canal

After grabbing a quick lunch, we headed out to the grocery store. We wanted to stock up so we didn’t have to shop later in the week near Thanksgiving. Well…we weren’t the only ones with that idea…the stores were jammed;o((

When we finally got back and unloaded the groceries, the skies opened up. There would be no sitting outside today, so Gail and Rick came over and we enjoy a couple hours of talk and laughs. Wish it could have been longer, but we will be catching up again this winter.

Monday would be our longest travel day.  We had 300 miles from St. Lucie South to Walkabout Campground in Woodbine, Georgia.  It was all I-95, not our favorite, but that’s the easiest route.  When we left St. Lucie South, the temperature was 73 degrees at 7am.
 . 01 - Temperature when we left St. Lucie South

All that changed by the time we reached Georgia.
02 - Georgia Welcome sign   03 - 58 degrees when we reached Walkabout at noon
When we arrived at Walkabout in the early afternoon the temperature was down to 58 degrees!!

We’re missing the Florida Keys a whole lot already;o((

I decided to make a big pot of Potato Chowder for dinner. Just before dinnertime, Sherry and David arrived for a 5 night stay at Walkabout.  We invited them for dinner and spent a few hours catching up.  I totally forgot to take a photo, but we’ll see them again this winter also.

This morning, Tuesday, we expected to get up to heavy rain and were prepared to drive our final leg of the trip to Buck Hall in the rain.  However, when I got up (really early) it wasn’t raining.  I checked the weather map and saw we might have a window of opportunity to avoid driving in the rain if we got on the road NOW!!  So Bill got up and we hit the road by 6:45am.  Turned out to be a great idea.  No rain until we backed into Site 12 at Buck Hall Rec Area in McClellanville, SC.

03 - Site 12 right after we arrived

It is suppose to rain through the night and most of tomorrow.  Don’t think we’ll be down by the Intercoastal Waterway watching the Yachts go by tomorrow;o((  Oh well, we have no where to go until Thursday’s Thanksgiving Dinner with Mom!!

Bill and I wish everyone... 

A Very Happy Thanksgiving!!

A Couple ‘MORE’ Weeks In Paradise ;o) – Sunday – November 24, 2013

After spending a great 2 weeks with friends at Curry Hammock State Park near Marathon in the Florida Keys, Bill and I were lucky to get another 2 week reservation a little further south at Bahia Honda State Park near Big Pine Key!!!  Getting a reservation at any of the State Parks in the Keys is almost impossible, but to get one – on the water – at Bahia Honda is just sheer luck!!!
00a - Campground - Bahia Honda State Park Map
00 - Campground - Bahia Honda State Park Map
Bahia Honda State Park is absolutely gorgeous! 
Hope you enjoy this photo diary of our time here:o))

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Site 24 in Buttonwood Campground

00a- Campground - Our Site 24  00b Campground - Site 24 - Bahia Honbda SP - November 10-24, 201300c - Campground - Site 24 - Bahia Honda SP - Waterfront  00d - Yep, we're on the waterfront00ed - Every night we got to see the sunset from our campsite


The Old Bahia Honda Bridge is part of the State Park
provides beautiful views!!

01a - Old Bridge - Sign

01b - Old Bridge - Path to the old bridge  01c - Old Bridge - Iguana bridge greeter

01f - Old Bridge - view of railroad (lower) and road (upper) of old bridge

01d - Old Bridge - view of entire Bahia Honda SP 

01e - Old Bridge - Bahia Honda SP Campground - Baby is near the road

01g - Old Bridge - Sunrise  01h - Old Bridge - sunset


Wildlife was EVERYWHERE!!

03a - Wildlife - Osprey03f - Wildlife - Pelicans03g - Wildlife - our campsite Little Blue Heron03k - Wildlife - Limpkin03b - Wildlife - Ibis03l - Wildlife - Shorebirds03j - Wildlife - Miniature Doe and Fawn on Big Pine Key03i - Wildlife - Miniature Buck on Big Pine Key Preserve03c - Wildlife - Tropical Fish at our Campsite03e - Wildlife - Conchs03n - Wildlife - Manatee came under our fishing bridge03m - Wildlife - Sting Ray under the clear water



What did we DO???

We walked…

04b1 - Things we did - We walked the beaches04b2 - Things we did - We walked in the wind


We rode bikes in the Campground…

04c1 - Things we did - Riding bikes at the campground04c3 - Things we did - Riding bikes to our fishing point04c2 - Things we did - Riding bikes at the campground



04c4 - Things we did - Big Pine Key bike ride to see the protected minature Key Deer04c5 - Things we did - Big Pine Key bike ride to see the protected minature Key Deer

We rode bikes on Big Pine Key…

04c5 - Things we did - Big Pine Key lunch at No Name Pub outside04c6 - Things we did - Big Pine Key lunch at No Name Pub dollar bill covered inside



We fished almost every day…

04d2 - Things we did - Fishing at our favorite spot- Snapper Point  04d3 - Things we did - Catching Mangrove Snappers  04d5 - Things we did - Fishing from the bridges - Bill caught a Scrawled Filefish04d1 - Things we did - Fishing in our backyard


We enjoyed the warm waters…

04d5 - Things we did - Snorkling in our backyard   04d6 - Things we did - Enjoying the 80 degree water in our backyard


We had a WONDERFUL time!!!

10 - Sunrise at Bahia Honda- Just doesn't get any better 10 - Sunset at Bahia Honda- Just doesn't get any better

It just doesn’t get any better:o))