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Old 01-11-2017, 02:37 PM   #3627
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Because we will be out in the moonlight, and with flashlights, no worries about not seeing Lily poop...but thanks for the concern.

The moonlit beach is why people go.

Bags in hand, Lily is always picked up after.


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Old 01-11-2017, 03:28 PM   #3628
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:23 PM   #3629
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That's beautiful Maggie.... the shells... Oregon, being very dog friendly as you know, allows them on almost all beaches... I see people with their dogs, dog dumps, they walk right on by!!! WHAT!!! I suppose by morning the tide takes care of it... I would never do that.... there's karma ya know... you may step in the next one!!!... enjoying "our" trip...keep having fun!!! Hugs and love from here...
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Old 01-12-2017, 04:25 AM   #3630
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We went with Todd, Susie, and their dog Zena for a long beach walk in the moonlight last night...beautiful, and we had the beach entirely to ourselves.

The dogs had a great time, Zena's lighted collar making her an interesting moving object in the far distance...may need to get one of those for Lily, just because they're cool.

She was quite the tired dog.

Going to shake some rugs and do some tidying up today, as we will pull out of here in the morning.

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Old 01-12-2017, 10:21 AM   #3631
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Hello Maggie
You are close to Apalachicola where Richard Bickel has a gallery displaying some of his work. He is originally from the Chicago area and has now lived on the panhandle for several years where he has captured the beauty of both the landscape and the people. He is normally in his gallery.
Apalachicola is to me what Edisto is to you. Although we normally stay at St George Island State Park, it has been several years since we stayed at St Joes but your comment about them having cement pads means we will stop by again in March on our return north. Thanks for that bit of info. Happy Trails. Jim
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:41 AM   #3632
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Thanks for those tips, Jim.

Karen & Richard invited me to go into Apalachicola with them the other day, but I didn't want to leave lily here by herself that long. I think my first husband was living there when I tracked him down in the early 80's to get child support.

I've heard a lot about St. George Island, and think I will drive down in there tomorrow when I leave...going to hug the coast and see what there is to see.

Not all of the sites here have cement pads, tho a number of them do...the sand still finds its way in, but not as much.

I've shaken rugs and my runner this morning...but, it's the beach.


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Old 01-13-2017, 10:01 AM   #3633
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I got things packed up and ready to go late yesterday, had my second shower and shampoo of the day...very humid ...and so only had to unhook the electricity and put in the bike to leave this morning.

Drove through and around Apalachicola...every bit as lovely, unspoiled and charming as I had heard.

Very reminiscent of Key West, minus all the tourists and trappings of heavy tourist towns.

East along the coast, and saw the first pelicans of this trip...also a number of what I feel sure were great blue herons.

I called St. George Island, not really expecting they would have a campground vacancy for tonight....they were packed full, with a waiting list, so I did not drive in there.

I did find a site in Wood Lake Camp in the Apalachicola NF near Sopchoppy....no amenities, but free, and we are backed up to the forest, in mostly shade, with a lake in front of us.

Here til the am.

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Old 01-14-2017, 05:34 AM   #3634
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When you are traveling without reservations, you take what you can find in overnight spots...being small, there are many more options than when towing a trailer.

On a weekend, however...especially a holiday weekend... options are still there, but fewer.

All part of the adventure, and the freedom.

I headed for this NF site I spied on the map yesterday, hoping for a spot, and found one I was very comfortable with.

The primary campground is up the hill a bit, an open area where I would have felt rather exposed...and, ummm, very out of place...in my shiny, more recent vintage, Interstate.

That's what you find sometimes in out of the way NF sites, and it's okay.

Proceeding toward the lake, I backed into a level, cleared area surrounded by forest, with the lake in front of us.

Pretty, quiet, a bit sheltered and out of the way for me and Miss Lily.

I got a picture of it, which I will post later, as I don't have enough signal to get it uploaded here...I have tried.

There was some campfire revelry by a group of young men up the hill last night, but it settled down at a reasonable hour, and we slept well.

Drinking my coffee this morning, the fishermen began coming in to drop their boats into the lake....and park near me, who is perhaps in the area most often used for vehicles while owners are on the lake.

Was I at all afraid out here by myself?

Not for a moment.

Onward towards Crawfordsville this morning, will find a laundromat and eventually another spot to tuck into for the night.


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Old 01-14-2017, 07:47 AM   #3636
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Thanks, Jim.

Our site last night....
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Old 01-14-2017, 11:08 AM   #3637
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Took a drive thru the very pretty town of Sopchoppy this morning, got some coffee and headed to Crawfordville in search of a laundromat.

Met a fellow traveler there, a woman about my age in a Rialto who had never heard of the PocketEarth or AllStays apps.

i enlightened her, and we had a nice visit in and amongst dealing with bedding, towels, etc.

Heading back toward 98, I passed a county park campground on the St. Mark's River that had a vacancy sign, so lucked into an inexpensive W/E site for the night....including a sparkling clean bathhouse, with hot showers.

This is a very pretty part of the state, with moss hung trees, beautiful old homes, and an unspoiled quality to it that you don't see in the more populated areas.

Lily has had another walk, laundry is put away and I am looking for something to crochet...

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Old 01-14-2017, 11:55 AM   #3638
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Maggie, if you back track a bit to Carabelle/Lanark Village, all the beaches along 98 are dog friendly 24 hours a day. Lillie can run to her heart's content while you amble along and enjoy the sea air. My ponies have run many a mile along that part of the coastline.
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Took a little drive I'm my virtual Google earth car. It does look really pretty there.

Saw the area between the Wakulla and the Marks Rivers. Even saw a photo that said manatee area. Looking forward to seeing one in its natural habitat someday.

The St Marks Lighthouse looks pretty also with a nice walking loop area.

Keep having fun and proving us a pretty Fodor's advance tour of all we'll see in Florida someday.
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Thanks for that information, SeeMore, and I will file it away for future reference.

Just got a site at Talbot Island for a few days next week, so am heading that direction.

Also in search of oranges....seems to me there was an excellent roadside stand in the Lake City area, or thereabouts.

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