Well, I dusted off Tryptovan (yep, I've finally named my van) and headed down to Florida to get away from the cold, wet Tennessee winter. For the past 10 years or so we have gone to a Florida State Park called, ahem, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Quite a mouthful. It's a beautiful piece of state owned land on the Gulf of Mexico, and we have tried a few times to go somewhere different, but it's just that good. Lovely secluded sites, very well cared for grounds, Seafood, seafood market, donut shop, ice cream, pizzaria all within bike riding distance, and the beach only about a 1/2 mile through the dunes on a paved trail or wooden boardwalk. We got there just in time for the sunset the first night
It is still cool enough in Fl in March to enjoy AC free camping, which you can't do very much of there, unless you like being soaked with sweat. We had a decent site but not the best one I've ever gotten there. Most are more secluded than this
We went on a long hike one day deeper in to the wilderness than we've been before and found some picturesque wildlife, but no gators or snakes this early
And we picked up these ratty kids that wouldn't stop asking us for food
Topsail is a great destination since you can park and ride your bikes safely everywhere. I'm training for some Spring road bike events so I rode about 15 miles to Seaside one day where they are famous for their boardwalk with classic Airstreams turned in to snack/ice cream/beer stands
There is also great fishing, kayaking etc. on the ocean or on the inland lakes, just beware of gators.
We love to check out the planes that fly over the beach constantly from nearby Eglin AFB
I've got a new camera and was able to get some pretty good shots this year!
Nothing like walking the beach at sunset for us though. We go EVERY night