Category: Florida

Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort In Panama City Beach, Florida

Our Site At Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort Our Site At Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort We just spent the last few weeks at the Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida. Located in the panhandle of Florida, it’s an easy destination to reach with lots of rv parks around. What we did not realize however is when we made the booking for our stay that this time of year (early March) is Spring Break season. Not only is it Spring Break season but Panama City Beach, FL is the NUMBER 1 Spring Break destination in the country! And that tops Cancun, Mexico, Miami and Daytona. So…needless to say, we were not expecting that. And by that I mean all the traffic and people and parties at nighttime that yes, you can hear from miles away. Neither David nor I have actually been to a Spring Break event, so now, I guess, we can officially say we have been there, done that and don’t have to do it again. And if you really want to start feeling old, just walk around the beach during Spring Break. I dare you! The Entrance To Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort This did not however deter us from having a nice time. The noise level really was not that bad. Not enough to make our stay a bad one. We...

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A Long Detour, Port St. Lucie And Visiting Family

David Taking A Video Conference Call While Stuck In Traffic When we left St. Augustine it was time for a family visit.  So we headed down I-95 southbound to Port St. Lucie and the St. Lucie West Outdoor Resort. It should have been a straight forward drive. An easy 4 hours. However, the day turned into much more than that. Brush fires shut down I-95 southbound and northbound. Just one exit though. It should have, in theory, been an easy off detour, then back on. What actually happened was the Florida DOT detouring people through residential back roads and more construction and detours. It was not very well planned out at all. In all, one exit turned into a THREE HOUR delay! It was so bad that, as you can see from the above picture, David took a video conference call while waiting in traffic. Nope…he was technically not driving. You have to be moving to be considered driving. The conference call turned out to be 45 minutes long and in that time I’d say we moved a total of a quarter mile. So no, we were not “moving”. Of course with this delay, we didn’t make it to the Outdoor Resort until after they closed at 5pm. We should have arrived at 1:30! Did I mention that I’m not a big fan of Florida and their roads? St....

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St. Augustine, Florida, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument And Our “Other” Home

The Gates To St. Augustine The Old Streets Of St. Augustine Historical Park In St. Augustine Castillo de San Marcos In St. Augustine Castillo de San Marcos In St. Augustine The Center Courtyard Of Castillo de San Marcos In St. Augustine The Walls Were Made Of Sea Shells, Some Brick, Mud And Anything Else They Could Find The Wall Surrounding St. Augustine Was Made Of Sea Shells, Stone and Mud One Of The Walls Of The Castillo de San Marcos. In The Foreground Is Some Of The Courtyard. A Display Of Original 1600’s Cannons That Were Used In The Castillo de San Marcos One Of The Corners Of The Fort St. Augustine, FL as you may or may not be aware of is touted as “America’s Oldest City”.  Founded in 1565 by a Spanish Admiral, it served as the Capital of Spanish Florida for 200 years. However this area was first discovered by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513.  We all should remember that name from our history books growing up. St. Augustine was intended to be a base for further colonial ventures across what is now the Southeastern United States, but such efforts were hampered due in part to the treatment of the Native Americans.  In 1566 a local Chief, who was openly hostile to the Spanish, actually burned down the village.  St. Augustine was then...

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