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Old 04-08-2016, 11:32 PM   #1
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Florida camping? Who knew!

Just getting around to posting our latest trip...southeast this time....we don't usually head that way b/c of the volume of people!!...but February in Iowa is a great excuse for trying something new. We started off from IA and headed SE through St Loius, through Alabama, to our first two nights near Panama City. We stayed at St. Andrews St. Park. Not used to being right next to another camper, but, we came to find that was pretty standard in the FLA campgrounds we went to. There is some palm trees in-between, but not like boondocking out west! Great shrimp and oysters, showers at the campground, and electricity!?! First time we got to plug in...we used everything! Micro, lights, TV/DVR, water heater, man, THAT was great!...After two nights headed to the Atlantic coast to Little Talbot Island St. Park...(Ps ferry was out, had to go the long way) that campground sat across the Street from the beach access, and was a dirty little campground...couldn't wait to move down the road! The beach was OK< best part was seeing the big carriers being built a few miles away. We didn't have a reservation for a second night (which was OK, but a Walmart night wasn't too exciting either) The Ranger told us to go to the County Park in town and we/people could stay ONE night hassle free...we drove there and in between some luxury condos was a nice little beach park (Peter's Point), PLUS, you could drive on the beach with permit...stayed our one night and headed S toward Canaveral Natl. Pk. Campsites were full, but we managed to score the "emergency" spot at Gamble Rodgers, right on the beach. Cool spot, tight but, showers and ELECTRICITY!!! Just a quick walk north on beach and we scored some great peel n eat shrimp at a local restaurant! Only one night avail there so headed about 15 miles S to Tomoka St. Pk. road our bikes and enjoyed the park! Went in town to the local fish mkt. and grilled fresh fish on the BBQ. We constantly used the Florida St. Pk web site to check on availability at various campgrounds we wanted to see/be...was a few days before Bike Week in Daytona, so the Harleys were becoming a steady noise at campground and HWY's all around...so time to head back East....checking website (again) lead to our favorite spot; St. George Island St. Park. A small campground, but out at the end of an island in the Gulf...very private. Great beach walks and biking...since they lock the gates at sundown, we road our bikes at night enjoying the freedom and sea air! Rangers always asked us (at check-in) how we found/reserved the site. When we told them we reserved the St. George spot only two days prior, they were impressed...they said they constantly tell people to check the site for such scores, but folks rarely do...so CHECK THE WEBSITEt if you go! Anyway, had a blast and think it could be an every few year trip... ALWAYS end of Feb/Beg of March! Before the Spring Breakers, Bike Week, and after the Daytona 500 traffic! Here are some pics!
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Must have just missed you as we were in the Flagler beach area in February. Nice to get out of the cold!
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Glad you had a great time, the pics look nice. Just FYI, we go to Florida frequently and never trust anywhere down there without a reservation. Virtually every citizen from the Northeast goes down there some time of the year. Just about everywhere down there has electricity too, it's just too damn hot and humid most of the year. That's why southeast camping folks are stuck on their huge motorhomes and fifth wheels, and why they rarely come out of them except to play golf or ride around on straight pipe Harleys.
Oh, and the Harleys. The scourge of Florida. Shame.

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Florida camping? Who knew!

We were planning to head down there in our SMB for spring break this year, but at the last minute decided to fly out to Arizona and visit some family, etc. I was worried about the Florida campgrounds being mobbed over spring break, so I guess I had good reason to worry. Reserving campsites months in advance just isn't our style; kinda goes against the SMB lifestyle, right?

When traveling we often find good campsites/lodging last-minute via the Web. We've been very lucky on our trips in National Parks, finding week-of (even day of) reservations at Old Faithful Inn, Zion lodge, Roosevelt Lodge (Yellowstone), Maroon Bells camping, and most recently a rim-view cabin in Grand Canyon at Bright Angel Lodge.

Looks like a cool trip, though!
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Our thoughts too...but using the FLA state park website, you can click on parks across the state, and find last minute (well not quite last minute , but at least 24-48 hour in advance) avails...how we planned the 'next' campsite...took a little away from the SMB style, but added a Where to next/scavenger hunt feel....but yes, we think the 'west-style-SMB' fun is best!
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