We have been away from the computer for some time now. Well actually we haven’t, we have just been way from writing blog entries.
We left Rainbow Springs on January 12th under sunny skies. It didn’t take us but 2 hours and we were pulling into our next home away from home. We are currently at Fiesta Grove RV Park in Palmetto Florida. After a quick set up, the skies opened up and we got a nice shower for the rest of the afternoon.
The park is a mixture of RVs and Park Model trailers. It appears that there are full-time residents here as well. We have noticed in our travels that there are a lot of communities that are comprised of only mobile homes or park model trailers. This park has planned activities throughout the week, which we have not participated in as we are away from the camper most days.
Our first adventure was to sneak over to Honeymoon Island. It was our intent to head over to the State Park for the afternoon. It shouldn’t take too long, right? Well you will have to look on a map to see the distance from Palmetto to the island isn’t that far. Except you have to drive through either Tampa or St Petersburg. Here is a link to a map. Look for a gold star near Palm Harbor on the coast and another gold star just west of the I-75/I-275 junction. After about 3 hours in steady traffic we arrived at the park and embarked on our beach discovery. Once we parked I noticed that the temperature had dropped 6°C from the mainland. From our previous beach experiences, this one was no shakes. The beaches here were certainly long but not very sandy. They were good for walking and shelling but not much for sitting and relaxing. The park does offer a ferry ride ($) over to Caladesi Island for more walking adventures. We declined as it was the middle of the afternoon and we were told that this was someplace you would want to spend the whole day at.
Another adventure was to travel over to Anna Maria Island. There would be beaches there and it was a lot closer. You can see on the map, the gold stars are much closer. Anna Maria has some very nice homes with property right on the water. As you can imagine the roads are narrow and parking is almost non-existent. After leaving Anna Maria we traveled south through Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key. We concluded our adventure by travelling through Sarasota in the dark, on our way back to the camper. The truck GPS is getting a work out.
During our travels to Anna Maria Island, we never got a chance to stop at a beach but found a couple we went back too. On the nicer days, sunny and warm, we would pack a lunch, some beach chairs and the camera, and head out for the balance of the day. Both of the spots we visited are on Coquina Beach. It appears that this beach is popular judging by the number of people and the size of the parking lot. Washrooms as well as lifeguards and a small beach restaurant are located right there. The last time we were there gulls got to be a problem for Bev. Somehow they know exactly when you are eating. Bev was folding up a piece of cheese to put on a cracker, when, all of a sudden, a not so friendly gull, flew from behind her, hit her hat and snatched the cheese right out of her hand. The cheese ended up on the sand and I am not sure if the gull involved in the robbery ended up with the prize. All I can say is the cheese didn’t stay in the sand very long.
That has been our adventures so far this week. We are moving again on Thursday to Collier-Seminole State Park. I think we are both looking forward to a little bit more camping space and the added adventures that the southwest corner of the state will offer.