Friday, December 6, 2019

12/5 Fort Clinch State Park

For a lot of reasons, this is one of my favorite state parks in Florida.  First, it has only a few RV sites.  Second, it is on the ocean and has almost a mile of private beach.  It also has a bath house with a washer and dryer, which I have already put to use running three loads of clothing though it.  

But mostly, this state park has a gorgeous live oak canopy drive.  Live oaks got their name because they keep their leaves all year, and so look "live" in the winter when other trees look dead.  They also are huge trees with branches that spread out much farther than the trees are tall.  Plus, they can live hundreds of years.  Here is the entrance to Fort Clinch State Park.  

I was going to follow this taller motorhome, but ended up going slower so I could take photos.  And I figured he was getting through easily anyway. 

Love the Spanish moss hanging from the trees!  Really makes you realize you are in the true south.

The RV sites are in the dune area very close to the beach. If the dunes had not grown over the past three years since I was last here, I would be able to head in and see the Cumberland Sound and Georgia on the other side.  Dunes are higher than before, unfortunately, so I backed in so I could watch other campers.

Down past the fence, next to the beige motorhome, is the entrance to the beach.

They provide a boardwalk to the beach so you do not walk on the dunes and destroy the vegetation that holds the dunes in place.  Dunes protect the coast from hurricanes, so they are prized. 

This is a prickly pear cactus with fruit.

And some federally protected sea oats.  Big fine for picking sea oats!

And the Atlantic Ocean! 

The ripples on the beach indicate that there has been some strong winds.

And hardly anyone walking on the beach! 

A big jelly.  Not sure what kind this one is, but it was about 6" in diameter. (Just looked it up. It is a  cannonball or cabbagehead jelly. 

This is a commercial shrimping boat with the nets being pulled up.  Check out the birds that are hanging around for scraps. 

The boat was heeled over as it turned and pulled its nets up before heading for port.

The boat looks a lot smaller without its big nets out.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

12/1 Savannah, GA

Well, I am finally back to traveling and blogging!  It took me several days to get from Ohio to Georgia, but my first stop was Savannah. The state park I stayed at was Skidmore State Park, and it was full of live oaks with hanging moss--just like you would like a southern Georgia town to look.

It was chilly when I arrived, but Saturday turned out to be sunny and warm, so I took the hop-on-hop-off shuttle to downtown and spent the day wandering around.  

 I'd been to Savannah before, but it has been several years, so I just enjoyed riding around in the shuttle.  Some photos of buildings in the older parts of the city:

I stopped in one of the larger parks that has a market going on.  Bought a sandwich because that was all that interested me.  Did not want to carry stuff around all day.  It was just nice to be out and able to walk around all day. 

Another stop was the City Market.  This place had permanent shops and restaurants.  I found an interesting bakery and got some cookies.  

Interesting mural showing prohibition protesters.  Well done, I think. 

And one of the bigger live oaks.  These trees live for hundreds of years and spread out wider than they are tall. 

Final stop before heading home was the riverfront. 

I found it funny to find one of the riverfront shops in this relatively warm city selling so many winter mittens and hats. 

Heading to one of my favorite places tomorrow--Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island, FL.


Friday, November 29, 2019

11/29 Good RIddence to November!

November was a rough month, to say the least, so I am glad to have it almost gone!

While it is easy to take care of routine things like colds, cuts, and other injuries on the road, medical things catch up with you eventually, and you have to take care of them.  November was my month to do that because I was back in Ohio for a few weeks.  Besides getting my teeth cleaned and plans made for a replacement crown done in the spring, my doctor visits involved routine things like having an annual checkup with my internist, seeing a dermatologist to check for potential sun damage to my skin, getting a long-overdue colonoscopy, seeing an orthopedic surgeon about my sore left shoulder, and getting a small "blob" in my lung that had been showing up in a couple of cat scans over the past year checked out.  

It had been growing very slowly and the doctors in Oregon were just keeping an eye on it, but it concerned me, so I ended up with a bunch of pulmonary tests and a PET scan, which checks for cancer.  I had a few nervous days worrying about the results, but the scan was negative, which was a big relief.  I have never been a smoker, but apparently even a substantial percentage of non-smokers end up with strange nodules after a certain age.  It could be an infection or scar tissue from an old infection, or who knows what, but I will have to have repeat tests over the next year.  At least I was able to skip the nasty-sounding biopsy. Yuck!  And did I mention that the colonoscopy was not exactly fun???

Plus, to make my stay in Ohio even more miserable, it was much colder than usual, and it snowed and then melted a couple of times.  I do not own snow boots, and until two weeks ago, I did not even own a hat or gloves.  I had an OK, but not really warm enough, winter coat, but still felt cold most of the time.  I gave in and bought a hat and a couple of pairs of gloves, which helped.  Also, I put that weather film on my motorhome windows and hung a bedspread to block off the drafts at night from the cab area.  

It was good to visit with my son and his family, but I will be back again right after Christmas, so I was happy to get the all-clear from my doctors and head south where it is warm!  I might even buy a pair of light-weight snow boots before I go back. 

The good news is that I have almost made my way to Florida and have been able to take the window film off of my windows.  I am in Savannah for a couple of days and then will drive to Fort Clinch State Park in northeast Florida on Monday.  Had a couple of days of rain on my way down, but temps have been in the upper 60s and lower 70s for the last few days, which feels wonderful.  Supposed to be even warmer next week, so I am saying good-bye to a cold November and looking to a warm and sunny December!  Yea. 

And I plan to do more posting for the rest of this year.   Tomorrow I am taking a shuttle to spend the day in Savannah.  I have been here before, but am looking forward to seeing it again. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

11/3 Cold Ohio - Brrrrr!

I'm back in Ohio and spending time with family and taking a short trip to visit with friends in Michigan.  I spent a few days in my son's driveway, but since that is outlawed in his neighborhood, I didn't want to push it and moved for a few days to Punderson State Park, where it snowed overnight one day.

I then headed to Detroit, stopping for one night on the Ohio Turnpike.  Did you know several of the service areas on the turnpike have RV parking areas that include electrical hookups?  Some are back-ins, but this one just east of Toledo was a pull-through.  There is lots of room on both sides for slides, and as you can tell, I was the only one here for the night.  Cost is $20 per night. 
Each parking area has a dump station, as shown here.

And a drinking water fill, as shown here:  
There was a considerable amount of noise overnight, with big trucks pulling past, but this time of year, it is very hard to find a place to stay for the night.  

Thursday, October 31, 2019

10/17 Drive Through Wyoming to Curt Gowdy SP

Yes, I am still catching up, but here are some photos of my drive through Wyoming to Curt Gowdy State Park.  As I was driving through this beautiful country, I kept thinking that Montana was called "Big Sky Country," but surely this also qualifies!

Wish I had had more time here to explore, but I was in a hurry to get to Ohio and Michigan.  Will have to come back here sometime. 

To get to Curt Gowdy State Park, you have to drive through Medicine Bow National Forest.  Pretty drive.