Heading back West

Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
Trip End Jan 12, 2008

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Albert and I both agreed that we were pretty much done with Jacksonville. We could have spent a day sightseeing, since he finished his work here a day early, but we were both ready to just move on. This extra day allowed us to take our time getting to Houston, rather than rushing. So we packed it up and headed to a campground called Holley-King Lakes Resort on the Florida panhandle.
The ride seemed to take forever. I guess we had gotten used to all those small states on the East Coast, because this drive along the Panhandle was never going to end! Florida is huge! We started taking stock of the roadkill to pass the time. Lots of raccoons and possums. Okay-used to seeing that. A couple of deer.  A little strange for us LA dwellers, but it is hunting season out here, so I guess the deer have to run somewhere to get away from the rifle shots. You know, right onto the freeway-that's much safer. Then came a fox. Now that's different. And a couple of badgers. Or beavers. Hard to tell when going by so fast. That's something I'm quite certain I've never seen on side of the road before. Oh, and there was an armadillo, but he was alive. Just ambling along. Weird little creatures.
We finally arrived at the campground in the late afternoon. The online description had said that it was rustic, and it is. For an RV resort, anyway. It still has full hookups, a pool, rec room, etc, it's just that the sites are smaller and hard to get into. It's very woodsy, and located right on the twin lakes. It's absolutely beautiful. There are only a few other campers here, so it's very quiet. We feel like we have the place to ourselves. There is a guy next to us, and it seems he's been here for quite some time. He's very familiar with the staff, and has quite the bizarre relationship with all the geese and ducks that live here. Apparently he goes out to the lake several times a day to feed them. They're usually just hanging around by the dock.    If they're out on the lake, he calls them and they come running! He says they even know where he lives and will sometimes come 'knocking' on his door when they're hungry. What a funny little man.
So we decided that since this place is right on the lake and has such a great pier, that we would do a little fishing. I went to the little store to get some bait, but they were out since it's offseason for this park. But the guy in there does a lot of fishing, and he wanted us to have a good time, so he gave me some lures from his tackle  kit and a quick lesson on how to catch large-mouth bass. I still didn't have much hope that we'd catch anything, but we were set to have a good time. We got out to the pier to set up. This place is so peaceful, so quiet. We dropped our lines in, sat back with a beer in hand, and watched the sun set over the lake. Sweet serenity. I am such a mountains and lakes person.
   I felt like I was sitting in my own personal paradise. Beautiful.
Well, we didn't catch anything, so it was quick spaghetti for dinner, but we went to bed relaxed and content. This morning we're wishing we could stay longer, but it's time to move on. 
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Where I stayed
King Lakes Resort
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