Sept. 15, 2016 Manatee Springs to Carrabelle Beach

Today we moved north through the “Big Bend” area of Florida, or as I like to call it, the “armpit”.  Our destination today is Carrabelle Beach RV Resort.  It is about 155 miles away along the Big Bend Scenic Byway–Hwy. 98–along the Gulf Coast.  We weren’t in any hurry to get up and get going, so we pulled out of the park around 10:30.  The drive north was mostly through little towns with not much of anything in-between and very few roads.  We crossed over the  Ochlockonee River that empties into the Gulf of Mexico. 

It was then, as we approached the more inhabited areas, that we started to see piles of debris along the roads.  It was another reminder of Hurricane Hermine’s visit to this area of Florida just a few weeks ago.  We passed through the city of Carrabelle where we spent about a week in 2008 in our boat. 

When we brought out boat down from Wisconsin through the river systems, we stopped in Carrabelle.  Carrabelle was the jumping off point to make the 165 mile offshore crossing across the Gulf of Mexico to Clearwater, FL.  We spent a week in Carrabelle because the weather wasn’t cooperating for the crossing, so we got to know the town pretty well.  This is us at the dock in Carrabelle in 2008 waiting to get the “all clear” from the local weather guru to cross the Gulf of Mexico.

The town has grown up a little in the past 8 years, but we’ll go back and check it out during our visit here.  We arrived in our campground for the next 3 days at around 2:00.  It is located just across the road from the beach and although it was hot, there was a nice sea breeze blowing. 

We relaxed a little, as we always do once we arrive in a new place, and got our bearings.  It is a beautiful RV resort with a swimming pool and other nice amenities. 

The campground also has its own beach across the street and a fenced-in dog park for Auggie. All the sites are very nicely landscaped.

We ate an early dinner and waited for the sun to go down a little before taking our evening walk.  We took a walk around the campground and up to the dog walk area for Auggie.  He had a great time running around while Bob enjoyed himself on the swing.

I spotted this small, bright green frog stuck to the wall of the bathrooms.

We walked across the street to the beach to catch the sunset and the full moon reflecting off of the water.  It was beautiful!

Auggie enjoyed himself on the beach too.  The white sand is like powder and it was a beautiful night for a walk on the beach.

The weather looks great for the next couple of days, so we’ll be able to check out all the places we came to see.

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