Another month gone just like that!!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Rock Crusher RV Resort

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Friday, March 9, 2012

The quest for new sites and adventures has continued over the last month starting with a three day stop in Lake Charles, Louisiana. On previous trips east Ken has always looked at me and said "why aren't we stopping here?" So, this time we did.  The first problem we ran into was trying to find a campground. You see, I had given  us about a week of just 'winging' it  in my ongoing attempt to be less obsessive about planning our stops!

Well, to quote the clerk at 12 Oaks RV Resort - where we finally managed to find a vacant spot - everyone is full because "we have jobs"!  That was nice to hear but, unfortunately, just re-inforced my obsessive need to have pre-made reservations! In reality we could have skipped by Lake Charles and continued on to  some place less busy but than we would have missed out on the Po'boys at Darrell's -  a culinary delight that Ken is still talking about weeks later! 

From Lake Charles it was off to the North Shore area of Lake Ponchartrain.  We had reservations at Fountainbleu State Park in Mandeville. We were joined here by our friends Janet & Bob Lucas.  We had a great 3 days here and pretty much managed to eat our way across the North Shore area! 

Next stop was Foley, Alabama.  Foley along with the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are a winter snowbird destination.  Knowing this I had attempted to make our reservations way back in May of 2011.  The first couple of places I called just laughed at me.  I finally found Anchors Aweigh, which had room and ended up being a pretty nice place! Bob & Janet chose to join us and really struggled to find a campground that had room.  Besides the snowbirds our visit happened to coincide with Mardi Gras - we had no idea when we made our reservations 10 months ago.  They did manage to find a place to stay, it just wasn't with us. 

We had a great week in and around Foley before saying goodbye to Bob & Janet as we headed out to Panama City Beach, Florida!  We had a nice spot on the water at St Andrews State Park sadly though, we didn't have the best weather during our 5 day stay.  Panama City is one of the popular spots for spring breakers to flock to and fortunately we departed just prior to the influx! 

Next up was a 200 mile drive along Floridas backroads before arrriving in Trenton, Florida.  We stayed at a very nice county run park called Otter Springs.  We managed to do some sightseeing and I actually cooked every meal we ate during the five days we were here. That is with the exception of a bowl of award winning clam chowder at Tonys Seafood in Cedar Key, it's hard to pass up clam chowder, especially when it is the reigning 3 time National award winner!

So, that brings our travels up to Crystal River.  We've had a great week here in what is called the "Nature Coast".  Prior to arriving here we had noticed that their were lots of campgrounds and we couldn't quite figure out why.  Well, now we know.  First of all, it's pretty here. Lots of green and trees.  There are rivers to swim, fish and kayak in.  There is also access to the Gulf of Mexico.  They have a 46 mile long 'rails to trails' bike path  and the towns in the area have access to any kind of shopping you could be interested in ( and I have been re-introduced to Publix Markets which are very nice! ) But the biggie, at least for Ken, is the golfing!  There has to be at least a dozen courses in close proximity to Crystal River with prices ranging from $30-50, a real bargain for 'snowbirds'!  And, so far, the weather hasn't been to bad, we've had some rain, some humidity and a couple of really nice days! 

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