2013 Travels travel blog

Carpe at Sunset Isle RV

US 19 north of Tampa

Logging is a big business in this part of Florida

Bob navigates Carpe on US 19

We picked up US 98 west
Santa Teddy helps with the navigation

US 98 hugs the Gulf Shore

Welcome to Carrabelle

Bears this far south?

This must be why it's called Sunset Isle

Crooked River Lighthouse

Gulf Bears???

Should you ever need one here's where they can be found

Carrabelle boasts the "Worlds Smallest Police Station"

Thu, 19 Dec: Up at our leisure and a relaxing morning and get ready for the road. We didn't need to dump or water up, so getting ready was simplified somewhat. We got things stowed, went thru our checklists, hooked up the car, and pulled out of the RV park at 0915.

At Orrin's recommendation we didn't take US 19 north due to the traffic and many, many lites. Rather, he recommended County Road 1 north where it eventually merges with 19 north of all the congestion. Good call Orrin and thanks...

We took US 19 all the way north thru many towns of every size. Many were full of traffic lites and others were wide places in the road. We broke for lunch at a Wally in Chiefland and picked up US 98 at Perry. While US 19 was divided four lane all the way, US 98 was a two lane road, but there was very little traffic so we had no problems whatsoever.

Eventually US 98 meets the Gulf Coast and we enjoyed that gorgeous scenery the remaining fifteen or so miles to Carrabelle, a historic little town on the Gulf coast. We are in the Sunset Isle RV Park, which is quite a find. It is a 50% Passport America park, right on the Gulf, with full hookups including 50 ampere power and cable television.

We arrived at 1515 and got parked in a spacious, level site with no problems. We'll be here at least thru Saturday and will then make a decision as to where next and when. Today's trip was 249 miles of absolutely perfect RVing.

Fri, 20 Dec: The last day of fall and almost the shortest day of the year! One wouldn't know that here on the Gulf Coast of Florida's Panhandle. Carrabelle (south of Tallahassee) is a lovely small town. A fishing town now tourist attraction is very friendly and quite scenic.

We both slept very well and didn't get out of bed till after seven, comparatively late for us. We lazed around the coach all morning, but following lunch ventured out in the car for some sightseeing.

The weather was ideal and the Gulf Coast lovely to see and experience. We most definitely like this part of the world.

As things stand now we'll decamp in the morning and continue west. Our near goal is to spend Christmas at the Escapees park in Summerdale, Alabama. If we stay on US 98 along the coast it is about 220 miles, but coastal driving can be slow so we may take two days, or we may not.

Stay tuned...

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