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Places we have been.

Buccaneer State Park, Waveland, MS

Buccaneer State Park, Waveland, MS

Buccaneer State Park was pretty and reminded us a bit of Tyler State park in Texas. When we booked, the only place we could get more than a week in a site large enough for our trailer was Royal Cay. Even when we got there, a sign on the office window said they were booked up although that was taken down later in the week. What we found was that there were always numerous empty sites in the park. In our loop there were never more than 4 or 5 campers there in a loop of 57 sites. We were pretty much all by ourselves in the back of the loop. While we liked the seclusion, Royal Cay was the least desirable loop with gravel pads and no picnic tables, grills or fire rings. We also had a train track about 100′ away and although they didn’t use their horns they were still quite loud when they passed by at all hours of the day and night. We likely would have preferred to be in another loop particularly since they weren’t as booked as they indicated.

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All About Relaxing, Theodore, AL

All About Relaxing, Theodore, AL

When looking for a place to stay for a few days near Mobile, AL we were originally a little skeptical when it came to All About Relaxing. For one thing, the name was a bit different than any other park we have stayed – don’t get us wrong we are all about relaxing but it was just different. Mostly though it was the reviews for the place. It was difficult to find much of anyone with anything negative to say. We thought that it just sounded too good to be true. After our stay I’d say that while the reviews were a little more positive than I thought they should be – this was a very nice place to stay. It’s gated so you felt like security was pretty good compared to most places. The park was also extremely clean and well maintained. Our only real complaints are that the sites are a bit close together but we have stayed in worse and navigation was somewhat difficult in a big rig. It was impossible to get in or out of our site without going over some of the landscaping.

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Santa Rosa RV Resort, Navarre, FL

Santa Rosa RV Resort, Navarre, FL

We had seen damage from Hurricane Michael around Eastpoint, FL although most of it had been repaired and rebuilt. There were no road issues and only a few buildings still under reconstruction. There were a few that likely never will be rebuilt. The trip from Eastpoint to Navarre was different. Mexico Beach, about 50 miles from Eastpoint was where Michael came ashore. US-98 through town was still being detoured for several blocks due to damage. Probably 50% or more of the buildings were still being rebuilt. From there to Panama City about 50 miles away showed the destructive power of a category 5 storm even a year later. Pine trees and Palms seem to weather the storms well but other types of trees, some a foot or more in diameter were broken off about 30 feet in the air. After seeing all this, we were glad we made the decision to flee the Orlando area because of Hurricane Dorian even though it ended up staying offshore.

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Coastline RV Resort, Eastpoint, FL

Coastline RV Resort, Eastpoint, FL

The Eastpoint area was just on the edge of the area heavily affected by Hurricane Michael about a year before we visited. I would say that things have been restored to about 80-90% of what they were before the hurricane but there is still visible destruction. We should have more information at our next stop West after we go through the area where Michael came ashore.

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Cedar Key RV Resort, Cedar Key, FL

Cedar Key RV Resort, Cedar Key, FL

We planned to stay in Cedar Key for a full week but had to reduce that to 5 days after a quick airplane trip to Oklahoma City. Even on that trip we couldn’t escape tropical weather as we were supposed to return through Houston on the day tropical storm Imelda came ashore nearby. By the time it was done almost 40″ of rain had fallen in places around Houston. Our plane had started to taxi out on our way there when they stopped air traffic into the Houston area. While we sat on the tarmac waiting for it to open up again (which it likely never did that day), a problem came up with the airplane and so we taxied back to the gate. Before we could even get off the plane, Southwest had re-booked us on another flight through Dallas leaving within the hour. We were thrilled it worked out that well.

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