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.

Road Trip #12 – The Panhandle

Looks like it’s time to run my mouth or rattle my fingers on the keyboard.  Road Trip #10 was a fun Christmas visit with the family on the east coast of Florida.

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Road Trip #11 was a warranty service trip to Fort Myers and unremarkable so no blog entry.  We also had a tow-bar mounted on our “Toad”, a 2015 Chevy Equinox.

Road Trip #12 was in April and May and served as a recuperation and rest period after my March hospitalization.  We spent two nights on the road getting to Pensacola, a day drive to Carrabelle Beach and a night out going home.  Spending a week at each location made this a trip of total relaxation.  At Pensacola we stayed at the Blue Angels Navy Recreation Area campground right on Big Lagoon and only a couple of miles from Corry Station.

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While there we spent a day touring the National Naval Aviation Museum and the Pensacola Naval Air Station.  To top it off, an F14 from my former squadron, VF-41 is displayed at the entrance to the museum.

While there we spent a day touring the National Naval Aviation Museum and the Pensacola Naval Air Station.  To top it off, an F14 from my former squadron, VF-41 is displayed at the entrance to the museum.

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What an awesome collection of aircraft.  We were fortunate enough to watch a “Winging Ceremony” while we were there.  One female and seven male flight students were in the graduating class and their assigned nicknames at the ceremony were Snow White, Sleepy, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy and you can figure out the rest.  Can you imagine Top Gun with pilots by those names?

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The rest of the week at Pensacola was thoroughly relaxing.

It took us a day to travel across US-98 from Pensacola to Carrabelle in the Big Bend and we stayed at the Carrabelle Beach Resort, an encore visit.  This is really a nice campground.  I let Barb drive our “Toad” and she cut the sidewall of the left front tire.  My fault though because I wanted to go down to the docks and see the fishing boats and it was a dirt road with a lot of potholes.  Otherwise Carrabelle was uneventful.  We found a couple of new restaurants to make an encore visit the next time we’re up there.  Here’s a sunset picture from the campground.

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And now we head back home to Parrish via an overnight stop at Sandy Oaks RV Park in Beverly Hills near Old Town.

Road Trip #9, Part 4 – Rhode Island

Having left Copake on September 24 it only took a day to drive to North Scituate, RI for a six night stay at Holiday Acres Camp Resort.  We spent our first day touring Newport including the harbor area and the town with its sailboats and mansions from Bellevue Street to Ocean Drive. What a beautiful sailing city.  We also took a drive to Narragansett to see the Point Judith Lighthouse.  Barb was reading a book centered around this area and the visit added credibility to her story.  Dinner was at Aunt Carries where Barb had fried clam strips and I had delicious fried bay scallops.

While we were camped in “Little Rhody”, we had lunch in Sturbridge with my cousin Janet, whom I haven’t seen since the 1950’s and her daughter Lisa.  What a great reunion we had.  We also had lunch at the Red Wing Diner in Walpole with Ken & Carol’s oldest son, Ken.  Our route took us past Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, home of the Patriots.

A day trip to Cape Cod was also on our agenda during the week.  We were both a little disappointed in Cape Cod as there weren’t the large seaside mansions that we had expected, but, we didn’t have the time to tour the entire cape either..

Road Trip #9, Part 3 – Fall Colors? What Fall Colors?

After leaving the Skyline Drive and the mountains of Virginia we took a route leading us to Cooperstown, NY, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.  I had been there years ago and Barb had never been, so our visit to the Hall of Fame was awesome.  Of course we saw the plaques of all of our favorite Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, notwithstanding those of our other favorite players from over the years.  Here are a couple of memories.

After two days in Cooperstown, we moved on to Copake, NY and a one week visit with our longtime friends, Ken and Carol.  We stayed at the KOA in Copake where the theme for the weekend was The Wizard of Oz topped off with a Saturday morning Hot Air Balloon fest.  The owner of the CG gave us a premier campsite right across the street from the balloon launch zone when she found out I was a photographer.

While in Copake we took a day’s ride to Poughkeepsie, NY.  I have a Revolutionary War ancestor, Casper Casparus Westervelt, who served as a private in the NY Militia in the 1700’s and is buried there.  We spent the day in the Dutchess county courthouses in Poughkeepsie unsuccessfully trying to locate the grave yard and came away with a copy of his will and the deed to his property.

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Upstate New York has such picturesque farms.

We had a fantastic visit with Ken and Carol but we were about a month too early for the change in colors in Copake.  Maybe we shoulda gone to Maine.  We heard that their trees had color.  Anyway it was time to move on to the next leg of our journey, so on September 24th we headed for Rhode Island, a small state in which we had previously spent a small amount of time.

Week 45 – 28. Love is….

Barb and I got married in June of 1968 and in the spring of 1970 we bought our first camper.

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Over the years we have moved up through seven campers to our current travel trailer, including several years of tenting and also living full-time in our 35 foot fifth wheel for 7 years.

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For us, “Love Is….”Camping and being one with nature, enjoying the great outdoors and of course taking pictures of our experiences.