We left St. Pete, our home forever to start our next adventure on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. We headed to the cabin for two nights. We were able to get the utility trailer emptied before we left. The cabin has always felt to me a great place to escape the city. It dawned on me that while our mailing address is in St. Pete our home is wherever we park it and our sticksnbricks is the cabin. We got up early to extremely cold weather and unloaded the utility trailer, with Annette’s help and closed up the cabin for the next 9 months. First stop was Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for two nights.
Topsail is beautiful with full hookups and concrete or gravel pads. Nice size sites. Walk-in tent sites and cabins mixture of bungalows and mobile homes. The best part is its trails and proximity to the beach. There are shuttles to go to the beach or you can just walk. It, of course, was raining almost the whole time we were there and when we left. We were smart this time and put our chairs away before the rain. It was a beautiful first stop and we highly recommend this park. We decided to make Friday’s our find our local craft brewery. We found Grayton Beer Co this week and were not disappointed.
We went through Alabama onward to Mississippi. We had reservations at Shepard State Park. Nice enough site, but very uneven, gravel sites. Apparently though they don’t clean the campsites between guests. We picked up a trashbag worth of trash left by others. There is 28 sites and a really new bathhouse. There are some interesting hiking trails. Deep woods and 1000 feet away is marsh land.Beautifiul in it’s own way. The storms of last summer really paid a toll on this park. There were picnic tables which we could tell were swept in by storm surge and thrown into the trees, plus a lot of “floatable”, ie cups etc., were washed in way up on the trails. We can tell alot of improvements are happening in this park. They have a new ranger station which will also house a gift shop/campstore, which should be opening soon, they have a new boardwalk, which probably replaced something that was there but probably destroyed. The trails have been maintained but I imagine there was more markings on the trail which is still missing. There is an archery range, some of them only Catness can hit I am sure. There is disc golf course, which looks pretty intense, a dog park, some primative camp sites. All and all we enjoyed ourselves here. The campground makes you feel like you are still camping. The days were mostly nice and evenings even nicer. We also got to put another state sticker on our map.
We went to our first national park of this trip. It was Gulfshores National Seashore. Quite beautiful. The visitor center was still closed because of Covid and some of the trails were destroyed in the storms. The campground was open and I was able to get my National Park Passport Book stamped.
While in Mississippi we also saw Buffett Beach, obviously we had to stop and get a picture of it.
The odd thing I find with all the marshes I would have thought we would have seen some wildlife, except for the stupid snake we really didn’t see anything.
We are spending 4 nights here and tomorrow we head to NOLA. When we picked 2.2 as our date to take off it was to attend Mardi Gras, well all the fesitivities for that have been cancelled. But we will find plenty to do I am sure, not to mention just some basic life items. First thing first is to get my credit card replaced. Before we even left Florida my card got jacked. So we immediately called Chase to have another one issued. I called Bayou Segnette State Park, (our LA park) and asked if they would accept mail for us. They said they would so hopefully when we arrive it will be there. We also need to get the ac in the truck fixed, not that we have needed much ac now but we will soon, so we made an appointment for that this week, and while Mike is dealing with that Eris and I will hang at the campsite, get some work done and do laundry. I don’t know how much help she will be. We will go to some of the things we wanted to see the last two times we were there but didn’t get to do. We will have fun there for sure. Then it is off to Texas.
Follow along for our adventures, you never know where we will be, we certainly don’t…..
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Until next week,
Hope, Mike and Eris the LowRider Camperhound