Summing it Up...

Now, that I'm way on the wrong side of sixty, I feel that being true to self is important. "I yam, what I yam." Kindness and smiles are to be given away. Women are strong. Men are more vulnerable than we believe. Husbands may come and go...but one thing I know for sure is that I will NEVAH live without a corgi or coffee in my life if I can prevent it. Come piles of dog fur or hot water!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Fort De Soto and fresh fish!

Temperatures finally were in the normal range here in Florida, mid-70's, and very pleasant.
The Florida kids, grandsons and even the corgi dogs joined us as we all went to Ft. De Soto. This is a Pinellas county park which is made up of five islands or keys. It absolutely has everything and is dog friendly which impressed us and pleased the corgis. There is a "PaWS playground" and even a dog beach. The family campground has waterfront sites in clustered groves of palm trees that are all good sized and private. The gnarly, twisted trunks made the sites so interesting, you almost expected to see hammocks hanging here and there. Fort De Soto has over six miles of beach frontage and several miles of waterfront along Mullet Key Bayou. "It's SO Florida," without the Disney saccharin touches. How refreshing to see over 1,100 acres of unspoiled beach and land that hasn't had a condo built on it. The historic fort, built in 1898, was fun for anyone with the heart of a pirate, and the boys enjoyed seeing the canons. The beaches, picnic area, trails, bike/boat/kayak rentals, boat ramps, and fishing piers allow anyone of any age to have a day of enjoyment of fresh air, sand and surf.
The campground ranger told us about Billy's Stone Crab and Lobster Restaurant being the best place to go, so we gave it a whirl. We all ordered different kinds of seafood, which was all locally caught and very, very fresh. Indiana can't compete in this area being landlocked. 'Twas delish.

2 comments:

Ape said...

Sounds like a neat campground! And the seafood sounds divine!

ocmist said...

That sounds like a great place to eat! I love seafood. Don't know that we will get to Florida again as my son that lived there has moved back to TX near his brother and sister since his wife passed away and the girls are all grown up and off living their own lives now. Sounds really nice, though. Did you have bikes or how did you get around to check out the areas you were in? I would expect the fuel costs would make it hard to drive the Motor home everywhere.

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