So our original plan was to stay in the Florida Keys until October 1st. After hosting at Curry Hammock State Park, we were going to head about 30 miles west to Bahia Honda State Park to volunteer there for three months. Unfortunately, work commitments had us rethinking our ability to put in the volunteer hours at the park. So we had to switch things up a bit and come up with plan B. We gave the park a month’s notice so hopefully they were able to fill our spot. I absolutely hated to bail on Bahia Honda. We were so excited to stay at one of the most sought after camping spots in all the world.
So after some brain storming and finding out about the amazing deal that is Thousand Trails we decided to work our way up the east coast of the south with Washington DC being our main destination.
On July 1st we packed up our home at Curry Hammock and headed north. Our first stop was Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Jupiter, Fl. We only stayed for a night, but we packed in as much adventure as we could. We jumped on the bikes to go do some gator watching and we were not disappointed. After about 30 minutes we saw this guy or gal chillin’ in the swamp that is the Loxahatchee River.
Then got cleaned up for a nice dinner at Hogsnappers Shack & Sushi that was absolutely delicious! Do yourself a favor if you’re ever in Jupiter and skip the more tourist-y spots on the water and check this place out. After dinner we went over to The Square Grouper Tiki Bar for drinks on the water and some live music.
Stop Two, St. Augustine. We were so excited to celebrate the 4th of July in the oldest city in the nation. We stayed at St. John’s RV Park which was only about 10 minutes from downtown and after signing up with Passport America (a total must for those of you that camp often, yearly fee and you get 50% off at a ton of RV parks) only cost us $19…yes $19 a night, over a holiday weekend, with full-hookups, cable and wifi!!!! We decided to tour the city on our bicycles, we stopped at Fountain of Youth, went to the oldest house in the country, and grabbed some lunch. The next day was the 4th, so once again we hopped on the bikes to check out St. Augustine Distillery which offers free tours starting at 8 am and going on all day til 5 pm. What the owners of that distillery have been able to accomplish all while still giving back to the community made this boozy stop one with purpose ;). The fireworks display over the St. John’s River was amazing and worth the bike wreck I had afterwards trying to dodge all the pedestrians. Ouch!
Then to Yemassee, SC to stay at our first Thousand Trails park, The Oaks at Point South. Not knowing what to expect at all, but we were very pleased with the park and our experience. The best part was being less than an hour from Savannah, GA, Hilton Head, SC and Charleston, SC. We had planned on spending a day at all three, but having already been to Charleston, we decided to dedicate more time to the other two and checking out the local scene in Beaufort, SC, which happened to be during their Annual Water Festival. Unfortunately we left on the day of the huge low country boil. 😦 So we got our fix in Savannah at Dockside Seafood. Then went over to Hilton Head to check out an old friend’s baby brother’s seafood food truck, Mullet’s in Hilton Head for dinner, the fish and shrimp tacos were delicious and I promise I’m not just saying that because I know the guy. Having never been to Hilton Head I was super excited, but it was a super let down. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but it was just very…what word am I looking for…..vanilla. Other than Mullet’s with it’s more genuine and authentic feel, everything else was chain restaurants and shopping and just generic. It was definitely not our scene. But if you like shopping, golfing and putt-putt, you’d be set!
Now we’re in Sumter, SC visiting family and working on the biggest change of plans yet and no…it is NOT a baby, which I’ll reveal in a few days. Our next stop is Chapel Hill, NC so BJ can bask in UNC Tar Heels glory and we’re getting closer and closer to DC with a stop in Williamsburg, VA at our next Thousand Trails Park. So if anyone has tips for any of our next stops please let me know! And stay tuned for the big reveal!