It’s been awhile since we added anything to our blog. We decided to spend more time at home in Buffalo this year. However, we did drag the Tincan down to Florida in October to avoid winterizing or driving through a blizzard.
We’ll start this years travels in Florida before we head West. We are always looking for new spots to checkout as we travel so we began our tour of Florida at a spot new to us-Wekiwa Springs State Park in central Florida north of Orlando.
Of course the main draw here is the crystal clear spring.
A lovely boardwalk takes you through a swampy area to the Springs.
The campground is nestled into a sand pine woods with lots of hiking and biking trails.
Pat’s sister Carolyn and her husband Ed drove over to the campground for a bit of a ramble through the woods.
We didn’t know what to expect at Wekiwa Springs but we’re pleasantly surprised by what the park had to offer. Next time we’ll stay longer.
We left Central Florida and headed East to the Melbourne Beach area to Long Point County Park, another new destination for us.
The neighbors (Wood Stork and Brown Pelican)
The park is on a spit of land that juts into the Indian River and is surrounded by mangroves. The park is a good base from which to explore the surrounding area, Sebastian Inlet and the towns of Vero Beach and Sebastian. Plus it is only a mile from the Atlantic Ocean.
Long Point is a short drive to Sebastian Inlet where surfers come to test their skills.
The area is also home to numerous micro breweries. We’re always up for tipping a few pints.
The Walking Tree Brewers specialize in Strong Ales which are aged in whiskey barrels.
The real purpose of this stop was to check out a portion of the Florida Coast we’ve never seen.
From here we moved further down the coast for a short stay at Jonathan Dickson State Park in Jupiter. We’ve been to this park in the past and it’s a favorite. It has good mountain biking and hiking trails. The stop also gets us a visit with one of Pat’s high school friends Lynne.
It rained and was chilly during our stay but we still made the effort to check out the beach at nearby Hobe Sound.
We had an unexpected bonus during our stay in Jupiter. Earlier in the month we made contact with our roommate Jim from the early 1970’s. We spent an afternoon in West Palm Beach catching up on the last 45 years.
The weather wasn’t the best but hey nothing froze and we didn’t have to deal with the snow back home.
We’ll be leaving the East Coast for fun along the Myakka River.