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Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
Trip End Mar 21, 2010

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Anastasia State Park

Flag of United States  , Florida
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Florida, here we come. We left Waterloo on Saturday morning about 9 am, not the fastest start to a trip but there is no real schedule to keep, so it didn't really matter. We were fortunate and the weather was quite fine for driving for the two days. It was sunny and bright and no snow on the roads, so no concerns. The VW van however just does not like the combination of elevation and cold, at least that is our current theory for why the van 'hiccups’ going thru hilly areas, when there is cold temps. We have had this problem since we first bought the van. On those first occasions we thought we were going to be stranded in a snowy mountain in Alberta. Now we know that the van will just hiccup, go a low speed, so we put on the flashers and it soon stops and then hiccups some more, but has to date never completely stopped. Our first day of travel was about 9 hours and we stopped in Sutton, Virginia at a KOA. A campground open all seasons, tucked down in a valley behind a Days Hotel, where we had to register. It had electric so of course out came the heater.

Day 2 was another 9 hour or so drive to Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC. There were only three other campers that we could see. Nice park. This is where the rain started, but we were tucked in for the night. We got going in the morning, just before the rain picked up again, only to be caught in a traffic jam on the major highway, where we came to a stop for about an hour. Lots of police, ambulance and tow trucks, sped by on the side, so obviously a major accident. After traffic started again we could see the marks in the grass. We made it to Florida, to Anastasia Park about dinnertime. First we stopped at a Winn Dixie for a few groceries, those roasted chickens sure make for an easy supper. It is warm and the rain has stopped. Anastasia State Park is quite nice. The sites are divided by trees and jungle-like brush, although you can see your neighbour, it is somewhat private. Didn’t need the heater…a good sign!!

We are here for two days. This morning we took the dogs for a long walk over to the beach area, although dogs are not allowed on the actual beach. We walked along the boardwalk to the end to see the ocean and the long expanse of beach, probably only about half a dozen people in view, some out doing their morning walks, some fishing, and a few bicycle tracks going down the beach. No swimming due to undercurrents and marine life, at least that is what the sign/flags said. Marine life, hmm, maybe jellyfish? Back to camp, dogs are bushed and happy lying in the sun.
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