Following our adventures on the east coast of Florida, we headed across Florida north and west to a small – very small town – of Bell Florida http://townofbellflorida.com/. Bell was named after the girls who had the most votes in the beauty contest and yes it was Bell. Here inBell we “boondocked” through Boondockers Welcome http://www.boondockerswelcome.com for two nights. Now this was not your typical boondock experience as our host Charlie had hookups inside an enclosed area across from his home. Charlie’s home is along the shore of the Suwannee River which had flooded some of the surrounding areas. It was a great visit with the best pink grapefruit from his tree and a visit to his sisters – another boondocker host in Old Town Florida – where they planned a night of food and music along the Suwannee. Yes I was on alligator alert as they do hang along the Suwannee! These are the type of small, more intimate moment(s), that memories are made of.
From Charlie’s we had scarfed a couple nights at the coveted Top Sail State Park https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/topsail-hill-preserve-state-park home to one of the most beautiful beaches and campground of our entire trip. The RV sites were a good size with natural flora between sites, a trolley that whisked you to the beach if you could not or did not want to walk or bike and walking and biking trails behind the dunes to hidden ponds and wildlife. What most impressed me was the beautiful white, soft sand of the beach and the amazing ocean views. It is so hard to get into Topsail that I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET A SITE FOR NEXT YEAR YET! (Yes I was yelling)…..
After reluctantly leaving Topsail, as they had not another site available, we traveled to Rosinton Alabama where we stayed 3 nights in our friends driveway. What a wonderful three days spending precious moments with some great people. We went to an annual arts festival in Gulf Shores and ate in Foley at Lamberts Cafe – Home of the Throwed Rolls https://throwedrolls.com/lamberts-cafe-iii/. Years ago we had taken the children to Lamberts Cafe when we stayed at a now hurricane destroyed motel on the gulf. Lamberts use to actually throw these amazing warm rolls across the room for you to catch – what fun! As our unnecessary sue crazy world has it – Lamberts was sued for alleged injuries so now the rolls are tossed to you . The icon of the Alabama foray was (insert LOL) Buc-ees https://www.buc-ees.com/index.php. If you travel Interstate Route 10 east or west through Alabama there is a new big Buc-ees – the first in Alabama since they are all in Texas. I had never been to such a huge convenient store complete with a fudge counter, wall of jerky, clothes, gifts, an extreme amount of gas pumps, etc. Its a must or maybe its just that I’m from the north? A note to RVers- they do NOT let you stay overnight……
Our last night before we hitting Texas was at Fontainebleau State Park https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/fontainebleau-state-park/recommended by friends. The stay may have been more favorable but the rain had caused some flooding, mist and chilliness to the air. I was still on alligator alert. Our site had a ditch next to it and was a little too tight for us but we were only here for one night so we sucked it up and was determined to ask for a different site if we stopped here again. We walked ,with the dogs, to the beach area and shore of Lake Pontchartrain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Pontchartrain. Along the roads are beautiful Spanish Moss Trees and the beach offers beautiful views of this great lake. From the shore you can see the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway which they say “is the longest and most continuous bridge over water in the world.”
Over Mississippi on to Texas – stay tuned!