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.