Florida is such a big state! We will be in the Sunshine State for another few days as we travel our slow, backroads pace, heading West. Before we left home, neighbor Leslie recommended a place on Florida’s Gulf Coast with white sand beaches and clear, blue-green water called Cape San Blas. (Funny, we thought she said “Sand Blast”. But even Florida would not name a place Sand Blast, would they?).
We stopped for some rest enroute to San Blas at a cute little festival in the town of Sopchoppy. (OK, maybe there could be a place in Florida called Sand Blast!). I saw my favorite Christmas blow-up of all time. Normally, I like them not at all, but who could resist a pop-up Santa?
I gave away the books I’d finished reading to a fellow traveller who reads 6 or 7 books a week.
He and his wife do “something stupid”, as they call it, every 5 years or so. They drop everything and take off in their RV rig to wander. Sounds like a great plan!?
San Blas was everything we hoped it would be. Beautiful weather. Days in the upper 70’s. Evenings down to 60 or so. Gulf water warm enough to swim in. Palm trees swaying in balmy breezes. Gulls, herons and pelicans whirling overhead and fishing the blue and green water of Eagle Harbor, on the bay side.
They call this “The Forgotten Coast” and right now, I believe it because the campground is only half full. On the beach you may only see a couple of other people. Kayaking on the bay side we saw no one. And, Daria – you were so right about Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches. I’m not sure where I was 20 years ago when I was last here, but it sure wasn’t San Blas! It’s a great beach.
It’s an uncrowded paradise. A perfect little sojourn as we start thinking about skiing and camping in the snow. But, skiing is a long way off. Maybe 5 or 6 weeks. Meanwhile, we bask in the sun…
Oh My–Sign me up! Love those beach photos, Jane.
Thanks, Di! Wish you could have been there with us
Love ’em! We saw lots of windchimes made of shells. Just like the ones they were selling when my parents took us to Florida in the sixties!
Now THAT’s a pretty part of Florida. Rick’s bro lives in Orlando for 30+ years now and those populated sections are a little too crazy for my tastes. We just read about a kayak “trail” called Big Bend Saltwater Trail that is part of Florida’s last undeveloped coastline — I think near where you guys are. Enjoy, enjoy.
We “don’t really like the Florida population centers either”. We find ourselves pining for hills and mountains SOON! In fact the more we see (and I’ve seen and LOVE the west) the more we realize the beauty and glory of the wooded Northeast!