Bob & Elsie's Adventures travel blog

Our site in Kingsland, GA, pines and palms

Fort Clinch

Fort Clinch

Interesting sign at Fort Clinch

Bob with a reinactor at Fort Clinch

The drive through the state park at Fort Clinch

Baby Mockingbird near our camp site

The dock in St. Mary's

One of the ferry boats

Beach view on Cumberland Island

Some horses

The baby

The path to Dungeness

The ruins of Dungeness

Picture of Dungeness before the fire

Cute little lizard or something

The baby got tired, tried to take a nap

Back up again and ready to go

Cumberland island view

While we were in Milton we ran across an older looking Bounder at a nearby RV Dealer, well you know we just had to stop and check it out. As soon as we opened the door we recognized the interior décor, it was the same as our new motor home and we realized that it was the same year as ours, a 1995. That is where the similarity ended. The one that was for sale was 2 feet shorter than ours, so more cramped, it had 17,000 more miles on it and the asking price was about $6,000 more than what we paid for ours. It had the original carpet and window coverings; not good, ours have been replaced. Once in a while it makes you feel good to find out that you definitely made a good deal and this was one of those times.

Our next trip was a short one, about 180 miles. We spent a week at the Tallahassee RV Park just east of Tallahassee. It is an OK RV park, we were there a few years ago and they have made some improvements but the sites are close together so you have to hope you like your neighbor. It rained 4 out of the 7 days we were there so we spent most of the week chilling out. Unfortunately, we were sad to learn that the same storms hit Foley, Gulf Shores and Pensacola and caused major flooding. Two of our favorite restaurants, Big Daddy’s on the Fish River and Big Daddy’s on the Intercoastal Canal were both flooded. The water was to the roof on one and at least 3 feet deep on the other, we know they will rebuild but still it hard to think about. Areas of Spanish Cove where several friends live were also underwater and some roads were washed away.

After we didn’t think it could rain anymore it final quit and by Saturday the weather was beautiful. We went to a large flea market and then got ready to get back on the road again on Sunday. When I asked Bob what he liked best about our visit to Tallahassee he said, “Steak ‘n Shake”, since it has been over six months since we had been anywhere near a Steak ‘n Shake I guess that makes sense.

While we were in Tallahassee we picked up some anti-anxiety medicine for Lucy. She isn’t a very good traveler and insists on spending each trip sitting on my lap; sometimes she falls asleep on my arm and that makes me pretty uncomfortable. So before heading on the trip to Georgia we gave her a tablet, it didn’t help much, she was a little calmer and she did spend some of the trip laying on the dashboard and the couch and not the entire time sitting on me, hurray for drugs.

We are spending this week at the Jacksonville North/St. Marys KOA in Kingsland, Georgia and it’s HOT……it has been in the 90’s everyday this week. I know after the cold winter we had I said I wouldn’t complain but what the heck; it’s only May. This is a nice campground, convenient to I-95 between Jacksonville, FL and Brunswick, GA. There are lots of tall Pine trees here, they seem to be making Bob’s allergies act up, he has been suffering since we got here, but refuses to let that get him down. We took a drive to Amelia Island, about 20 miles from here, to go to the Fort Clinch State Park the site of a historical Fort that dates back to the Civil War and that was last used during World War II. The fort and the beautiful drive through the State Park were very nice. We also stopped at Fernandina Beach where there is a shopping district with many quaint shops and restaurants, very touristy.

At the suggestion of our friends Chris and Dave, our last sight seeing while in the St. Mary’s area was taking the ferry ride to the Cumberland Island National Seashore. Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island; that thanks to the National Park Service is being maintained in its natural state. Cumberland Island was a favorite place of John F. Kennedy, Jr., you know John-John; he chose the island as the site of his very private wedding in 1996. We were only able to see a small portion of the island in the short time we were there, to really enjoy the unique charms of the island you would need to camp and hike into the outermost regions of it’s 18 miles; something that neither Bob and I considered. We did get to see some of the wild horses that make the island their home and took a short hike to see the ruins of one of the former residence that was once owned by the Carnegie family. The home was built in 1884 on the site of a home called Dungeness, that was originally built in 1783 by a Revolutionary War hero General Nathaniel Greene. Unfortunately the Carnegie home burned in 1959 and all that is left are some of the brick and stone portions of the building. While in St. Mary’s we visited a Submarine Museum and went to a few of the shops in the village.

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