Retirement Means Time for Walks in the Parks with Jon & Bella--That's Healthy Living!
|Bella Enjoyed Boondocking in Destin|
The beach resort town of Destin was our first stop in Florida. We decided we wanted to boondock (dry camp for free) in this town so we could walk to dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking the white sand beaches and emerald green water. The parking lot of the Destin Fishing Museum and Old Destin Post Office was our free, peaceful campsite that night.
|Old Destin Post Office Museum|
We parked, dropped our leveling jacks, opened our bedroom slide, and set out our lawn chairs--life doesn't get much simpler than that! We took a walk around the grounds to visit the Old Destin Post Office, and then sat down in our chairs to read and let Bella enjoy laying in the soft green lawn for a while before dinner.
|Boondocking at the Destin Fishing Museum|
Jon and I had a nice quarter-mile long walk to the Harborwalk area in Destin where we decided we had saved enough money by boondocking that we could go out to dinner at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville®. Destin was a much more touristy vacation town than we realized until we arrived. The area was very pretty and looked like a fun family area with pirate ship rides, fishing, shopping, and other amusement activities for the kids. We enjoyed the food, margaritas, and view of the bay, sailboats, and fishing boats while dining at Margaritaville®. The people-watching was entertaining, but the frenzy of tourist activity left us feeling we were ready for some peaceful Florida State Park time.
|Beautiful Tree Carving at Destin Margaritaville Entry|
The Florida State Parks along the coastal areas that we visited were beautiful, interesting, relatively inexpensive, had water and electric hookup, and, surprisingly, had laundry facilities in good condition! They provide a multitude of opportunities for walking and bicycling, contributing to our goal of living a healthier lifestyle. Many of the state parks had white sand beaches, swimming areas, rolling sand dunes that are strictly protected, nearby restaurants, and nature walks through wooded areas and saw palmettos groves that we could enjoy with Bella.
St. George Island State Park
|St. George Island Walkway to the Beach|
|St. George Island White Sand Beach|
Manatee Springs State Park
|Manatee Springs State Park Swimming Area|
|Manatee Springs Feeds the Suwannee River|
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park, Flagler Beach
|Campsites Overlook the Atlantic Ocean|
|Good Kite-Flying Weather at Flagler Beach|
Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine
|Bella Kept a Close Eye Out for Any Critter That Moved|
Most campsites in the state parks had natural sight-screens from neighboring sites with large shade trees, tall saw palmetto plants, and other vines and brush (full of spiders and their webs). Each site had electricity and water hookups, but no sewer. We had to drive to the dump site to dump our sewer after three or four days, so that's when it was time to move on to the next State Park. Maybe by not providing sewer hookups in the campsites it keeps people from staying too many days in a stretch and gives more folks a chance to stay in the State Parks. We were just glad they provided electricity so we could run our air conditioning. By the end of May, it was too hot for us to boondock in Florida--we would have had to run our generator all night to keep our motorhome temperature down to 75 degrees.
|Walk from Anastatia State Park to the St. Johns Pier Park|
|Music By the Sea & Volleyball at the Pier Park|
|Free Beach Bus to Historic St. Augustine|
|Hotel Cordova, a Henry Flagler Hotel from 1888|
|Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the U.S.A.|
|Reenactment of a Colonial Battle|
|Drawbridge on the Matanzas River & Horse-Drawn Carriages|
|Anastasia State Park Windsurfing & Kayaking Area|
|Our Florida Beach Route|
See more of our adventures in the United States and Mexico at www.HealthyLivingandTravelinginMexico.com .