|Cape St. Joseph State Park|
It’s Spring Break in Florida. Finding a campsite anywhere along ANY coast in this state is now hard to come by. We were hoping for either St Andrews State Park at Panama Beach or Henderson State Park near Destin but both gorgeous parks were full. Topsail Hill Preserve used to be a RV Resort but the state took it over several years ago and H got us 2 nights at the last moment! Just what we needed – 2 nights! Well groomed, yet woodsy, each campsite had full hookups plus cable, a white globe yard light, cement pad and a patio. The main park areas included several small fishing lakes, a swimming pool, Camp store, gazebo with wifi and Azaleas! A half-mile winding, narrow blacktop roadway led to the dunes that always border the beautiful Gulf. Only bikes or those who chose to walk or the campground shuttle were allowed on this road. The first time we ventured down this way, it kept getting colder and colder and foggier and foggier, the closer we got to the dunes. Sea fog had rolled in! It gave an eerie white glare to the entire sandy scene – or was it really snow? Later that day the sun had burned thru it and the sky was now a bright deep blue reflecting off of the pale blue green sparkling water. The last remnants of any fog were just a puff in the distance. The gentle waves and rippled sandy bottom made a dancing kaleidoscope on the water. Splashing thru some deeper areas we reached a shallow ledge and played like small children on holiday instead of two old retirees with bad backs and bad knees!
Destin was 12 miles to the west. 8 years ago this was a small seaside town with a quaint little harbor area that had the neatest lighted boat parades at Christmastime! They still have the parades, however the harbor has turned into an entire
shopping mall - complete with entertainment, a
light house, bars and restaurants.
There are now 2 tall towers for zip lining from one end to the other and
lights are strung everywhere. The boat
docks are still gaily lit and the condos across the waterway shine in the
setting sun. And then there’s the