Boating with gators and walking in the treetops at Myakka River State Park, Florida

Of all of the things I expected to see in Florida, cow country wasn’t one of them. But after we left Highlands Hammock State Park and passed by miles and miles of citrus groves, we were greeted by a landscape of flat grassy fields accented with trees and grazed by cows (each accompanied by itsContinue reading “Boating with gators and walking in the treetops at Myakka River State Park, Florida”

Christmas in the campground: Highlands Hammock State Park, FL

This year, Santa arrived in the form of an armadillo.  But let’s back up.  On Christmas Eve, we set out from Lake Louisa State Park in Florida to Highlands Hammock State Park, where we had made a camping reservation the previous week for the Christmas holiday. We didn’t have any expectations for this park andContinue reading “Christmas in the campground: Highlands Hammock State Park, FL”

Welcome to the Sunshine State

Our general plan for this trip was to slowly meander south to the Florida Keys, avoiding highways and stopping for points of interest all along the way, and then to head west and visit Big Bend National Park in Texas before finishing out the winter in New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. The meandering andContinue reading “Welcome to the Sunshine State”

SC state parks for the win

As we took the Southport/Fort Fisher Ferry south, we intended to continue following the coast, which meant that Myrtle Beach would be the next logical stop. As we entered South Carolina and ticked off the 6th state on our trip, we began seeing more and more surf and beachwear shops and extravagant mini-golf places. (Ah,Continue reading “SC state parks for the win”

Among the long-leaf pines

Our travels through North Carolina (the fifth state of our trip) continued with a stop at a KOA in New Bern, dog walking in Croatan National Forest, and then a few days in Wilmington. New Bern and Croatan National Forest had been hit hard by Hurricane Florence last year, but the KOA was in greatContinue reading “Among the long-leaf pines”

Blown away at Kill Devil Hills

Back in June/July, George and I drove out to Colorado and listened to David McCullough’s biography of the Wright Brothers during part of the drive. As we left Virginia Beach and planned our route southward, we thought that it would be interesting to swing by the Outer Banks in North Carolina and drive through KittyContinue reading “Blown away at Kill Devil Hills”

Virginia

After leaving Assateague Island, we began down the Delmarva Peninsula and entered the fourth state of our trip: Virginia.  The highlight of the day was lunch at Kendall’s County Kitchen in Onley, VA. We were looking for something more than gas station food or fast food chains, and this little restaurant, located in a nondescriptContinue reading “Virginia”

Pony Watch 2019

A dense fog had rolled in when we pulled into the visitor’s center  at Assateague Island National Lakeshore in Maryland. By the time we checked in at the campground, dusk was falling, and I was pretty sure that we would not be seeing any wild horses. As we walked the dogs through the nearly desertedContinue reading “Pony Watch 2019”

Mountain biking and orienteering

We crossed the Delaware River and entered our first state of the trip: Pennsylvania. The first turn we needed to make was onto a road that was closed, so we detoured south along the river for scenic views of the river and old historic houses. Eventually we turned west away from the river and checkedContinue reading “Mountain biking and orienteering”