Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
June, 2019 - Mount Denali, Alaska

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Our Last Walk on the Beach

Live Oak Landing, Freeport, Florida

Last Sunday we left Mexico Beach and headed towards Live Oak Landing, an RV resort near Freeport which is about 30 miles from Destin. They were predicting some heavy rains, but not until the afternoon. Since we were only travelling about 90 miles, we thought we could beat the storms. We almost made it, but the last 20 minutes before we got there, the skies opened up with torrential rains, lightning and thunder. We had to cross a bridge and could barely see a thing. There was no place to pull over. I was quite scared we were going to be swept away. Kevin did an amazing job and got us here in one piece. Whew!!!

The resort is very nice with nice big sites, paved roads, concrete pads and patios at the sites, along with a picnic table, fire ring and grill. It is located on some rivers and canals so lots of boaters and fishermen are here.

This week is spring break for some Florida colleges and public schools, so the park is full. There are lots of kids enjoying themselves, but that’s okay. So far, everyone has been well behaved.

P1150643I love sitting on the benches they provide along the river and watch the boats go by. There are lots of live oak trees with Spanish moss hanging from them. Such a relaxing place!

The park is located at the end of a dead end with a neighborhood across the road. We’ve been walking through the neighborhood for exercise each day. The route we’ve been taking is about four miles so we’ve been happy to have a place to get our exercise with very little traffic.

There are lots of trees that have ferns growing on them, often quite high up in the tree. I’ve never seen this before. It looks very pretty.


Our weather has been fantastic this week. Highs in the mid 70s and sunny almost every day. Trees and flowers are beginning to bloom all over this area. I sure enjoyed seeing these daffodils. They always make we think of spring and Easter. This year we will be with some of our family for Easter. I’m excited about that, especially since my mom has sold her home over the winter and has a new condo. She is very happy, and I can’t wait to see her new home.


On Friday we drove about 10 miles to Santa Rosa Beach, a very nice town along the beaches of the Gulf. It looks like an more upscale community with some very nice homes and resorts. It looked like lots of families were vacationing. We saw some college kids, but not many.

We walked along the beach for about an hour. This area once again had the emerald waters we saw in Destin. It was our last walk on the beach for this trip. Although the weather wasn’t the best for much of this winter along the Gulf Coast, I must say I’ve really enjoyed our beach time.


We’ve already made reservations for next winter in Arizona. The Palms RV Resort in Yuma was offering a buy one month, get one free so we jumped on it for January and February. This resort is normally $1,000 per month which we probably would not pay. We have friends who have stayed there, and they say it is a very nice place. So, it’s back to the desert next year. That makes Kevin very happy!!

If anyone is interested, The Palms is offering this special through the end of April. They also are offering buy one week, get one free. You can check out their website for more information if interested.

Tomorrow we leave and start our three week trek back to Wisconsin. We’ll be staying a few nights in Montgomery, AL; West Memphis, AR; Little Rock, AR; Bella Vista, AR; and Omaha to visit our son Korey and his wife Cathryn. Our plan is to arrive at our summer work camp location on April 14th. Of course, that depends on whether they will have water available for us and there aren’t any snow or ice storms to dodge.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!