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USA - Florida, Georgia - 2005

Motorhome travel from Nova Scotia to Florida with stops in Ontario

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Wolfville Nova Scotia to Florida via Ontario - 2005

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De-Icing the Motorhome

Leaving a mountain of snow behind has never been a problem for me. Visits to my parents humble little trailer on DelRay beach during the winter months in the late 60's were a warmup, literally, for a passion for the peaceful, glorious beaches of Florida.

Time, reinforced by affordability and urban encroachment, gradually moved my southern destinations to the Panhandle and West Coast of Florida for which I have many memories and photographs. This journey begins in February of 2005 for about 5 weeks and is a roundabout visit to family and friends in Ontario and culminates in a great 1 week stay on Tybee Island with our friends from Wolfville.

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L to R - Ben, Jim Wolford, Carolyn, Pat Hawes, Jeff and Debbie Moore, Heather MacDonald

The original travelogue posting, made in 2005 and before I became a member of Travellerspoint.com, can be found at
http://billobrien.com/Travel/Florida05
and what follows here are some exerpts and updated info of that trip.

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The Pelicans of Cedar Key, Florida

"The gradual increase in temperature is evident as you gather momentum through lower Alabama and by the time you reach the Florida border, where incidently you are given a glass of Orange Juice, you feel like you have finally escaped the grip of winter. The warm sun of the early morning highlighted the ripples in the water which we learned later were probably alligators.

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The murky waters of Marianna, Florida

Alligators apparently only eat once a month in mid winter and although it seems a relief that they are not as voracious as I suspected, if there are only 10% of the estimated 5 million gators in the state hungry at one time, that is still a lot of teeth lining up at the feed trough.

trucktrouble.jpgWe have been on the road and off! (and visiting family) for 14 days and have travelled 4400 kilometers to date and Alabama gave us our first taste of the warm weather we were in search of.

I felt a need for some gulf protein so we boogied off through the pine forest of the Appalachocola National Forest and took up residence in our next digs on St. Georges Island but not before a feed of raw oyster and hot sauce for me and half pound of large gulf shrimp in a black bean sauce for Carolyn.

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Put a jug of Bud Lite on the table and yer in America!

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St. Georges Island, Apalachicola, Florida

The Island itself is along narrow spit of white sand and dunes that creeps into the Gulf of Mexico from the small fishing village of Eastport, home of the Florida Oyster harvesting industry, and also a growing home to the rapidly growing retirement community. The Western part of the island is inundated with real estate hucksters and carnival services while the eastern shore begins at the state park and for another 6 miles or so not a footprint can be seen amongst the shifting dunes. Both the morning sun and evening light cast long warm shadows and hues of pink and orange across the near white sand creating a haven for photographers, painters and those needing the solitude of a 4 mile beach walk.

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Sunrise on St. Georges Beach, Apalachicola, Florida

This travelogue has been updated February 2009.

Posted by WebWeaver 06:06 Archived in USA Tagged seniors

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