Road Trip #13 – Florida to Virginia & Back, Stop 1

We decided to do this road trip a little different from what we’ve done in the past.  Instead of moving every day or two, we are targeting a base location and staying there for a week or more and then moving on for 1 or 2 days and stopping at a different location for another week or more.  This method is a lot more restful as we can tour one day and loaf around the campsite the next.

Stop 1 – Eagle Hammock RV Park located on the Navy Submarine Base/Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic at Kings Bay, GA.  Having been stationed at Naval Station, Mayport in 1978 – 1981 we wanted to see how the NE Florida area had changed and to visit some places we never went to when we lived here.  So lookout, as we come “booming” in.

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Here we are entering our gated community for the next two weeks.

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  The road to Eagle Hammock took us past this display of power.

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The Navy sure knows how to build RV Parks.  Each site has full hook-ups including cable.  We were in the lakefront area and due to a previous lightning strike, instead of cable, we had dish!

Barb has wanted to go to Jekyll Island and St Simon’s Island for the longest time so they were the first places we visited.  Both islands are laid back, relaxing, resort islands.  First we drove around Jekyll Island and that was easy to do as the island is rather small.  The first area we went to was the Jekyll Island Club Resort.  How would you like to spend a week there?

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Having thoroughly driven around and toured Jekyll Island, we moved on to St Simon’s Island for another mobile tour.  My breathing issues and Barb’s knee limit the amount of walking we can do, so a lot of pictures are taken out the car windows.

When we got there we went in search of the St Simon’s Island Lighthouse.  We probably would have been able to find it quicker if it was nighttime, but we succeeded in finding it without any help from its light.

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The next site on St Simon’s is Christ Episcopal Church.  It was established there in 1738 as a mission of the Church of England.  I couldn’t remember all the history presented on the Georgia highway sign so I took a picture of it.  Read the history if you wish and then move on to the picture of the church.

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Leaving St Simon’s we drove through Brunswick and stopped in the port area for these images.  As the highway sign says, Brunswick was a strong supporter in the ship building industry during WWII.

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Also nearby, a three-masted sailing ship, the “PEACEMAKER”, was moored.

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Not wanting to bore everyone with my chatter, I’ve decided to split Stop 1 into two posts, so stay tuned for more when I can put it all together.

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Road Trip #9, Part 1 – Fall Colors in New England

Working our way north

My best friend growing up (a brother from a different mother) and I get together every September alternating years at each other’s home.  This year is our turn to visit Ken and Carol in Copake, NY.  This year’s trip has been on and off ever since we got back from Road Trip #8 in May.  Unfortunately I’ve experienced a lot of breathing issues.  Ultimately I apparently had developed “walking pneumonia”.  My breathing has continued to improve since that was cured, but I still need the help of O2 from time to time but that’s not going to slow us down.

During the past few weeks we have been planning this trip.

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We got rolling the day after Labor Day and covered 270 miles that first day, ending up in Kingsland, GA at Country Oaks Campground & RV Park.  This is a really nice park as these picture testify..

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Since then we have worked our way north to an intermediate destination for the first leg of this road trip.

Week 24, Theme 28 – Mirrored Image

Here we are with a waterfront campsite at West Point Lake in Georgia.  This was really a nice campsite on the water in a cove.  The last morning we were there the water was just as flat and reflective as could be.  I went out to see if it was going to be a “photo opp” and sure enough it was.  So here’s my “Mirrored Image”.

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Week 23, Theme 48 – Three of a Kind

It seems like the three Corps of Engineers campgrounds that we camped at, Sweetwater, West Point and Eastbank, all had Canadian Geese residing in the park.  Gee “Three of a Kind”.  I was fortunate enough to get some pictures of Mom and Pop with their young ones.  Here’s a picture of the parents and “Three of a Kind”  times 2.

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Week 22, Theme 42 – Silhouette

Several times I attempted to satisfy this theme but to no avail. Recently while camped on a lake, Barb spotted this lone fisherman all by himself out on the lake in the late afternoon and said there’s a good “Silhouette”.  When I looked, I thought immediately, that’s a good “Silhouette”.

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Week 20, Theme 27 – Memories

The current camping trip we are on is Roadtrip #8, The Reunion Tour.  We have visited with friends we haven’t seen in from 18 to 55 years.  And as my college roommate said, “At this rate, we won’t see each other for another 54 years and 11 months”.  During these visits, lots and lots of “Memories”  were talked about. Also with these visits, more “Memories”  were made.  Here are just a few pictures taken during the trip.

Arnie Petrus, my college “roomie” at Western Kentucky University in 1961.

Nolan and Sandra Oakes.  Nolan and I served aboard the USS Mount Baker (AE4) in the Western Pacific in 1967.

Weeks 18 and 19, Theme 30 – Mouthwatering and Theme 26 – Mealtime

In thinking out this post, I felt I had two options:  Spread it out over two weeks as the challenge is designed or think a little outside the box and post two weeks challenges in one week.  Being an imaginative kind of guy, I opted to combine.  A couple of nights ago, we were camped in West Point, Georgia at R Shaefer Heard Campground and the weather was cooperative for us to grill, so we had grilled pork chops, twice baked potatoes and creamed onions.  Mealtime”  was certainly Mouthwatering”.

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