Wow! What a park! The gorgeous beaches just keep on coming! Our site is lake front just across from the gulf, but I am ahead of myself.
We were packed up & on the road by 9:30 EST which is unusually early for us. The drive to Grayton Beach was only 2 hours but we had several errands on the way & we don’t rush well. The first stop for propane went smoothly. Folks were super nice & Edward was able to navigate the parking lot fairly well. Within in 10 mins, we were both in panic mode because the airstream key ring was missing. Edward was sure I had left it at the propane shop & I was adamant they were in the car. After a rather sketchy pullover, the keys were discovered in Edward’s seat! Whew! Google had found a nice Publix Grocery on the other side of Panama City so off we went. Oh boy, did google loose points for the day! She said turn left when the store was on the right! Hwy 98 is a very congested four lane along the gulf. Similar to Hwy 17 along the east coast. True to form, Edward maintained his outward calm, while trying to get 50 feet of vehicles going in the right direction. As we all know, Google does not do well in shopping areas so she was quickly silenced & we were left to my sense of direction. We did get to Publix & we did find a place to park & stock up for the week ahead.
After miles of driving through isolated state forests, we were surprised to discover a rather trendy costal community one mile from the park. Expensive decorating stores, clothing shops & a COFFEE spot, Civilization is right outside our door!
Florida’s state park system is well run & beautifully maintained. We have liked them all, but Grayton Beach is outstanding. We do not remember choosing this site, but we lucked up with a beautiful view of the lake. Getting into the site, however, was our biggest challenge yet. Campground roads are one way & usually one has to back into the site. The angle on our site was oriented the opposite way & Edward had to go up & back about six times. It was tough & the truck is only off the road about a foot! Too close for comfort but……nowhere else to park.
Finally, we were settled in & could enjoy a picnic by the lake. Warm sunshine & very little breeze! Hmmm, heavenly. A nice long walk over to the gulf coast provided some spectacular shots of our lake & so much needed exercise. We were so invigorated; we thought we could handle our mountains of laundry! Would have been better to cook those steaks & hang out.
The campground laundry was being updated so we were forced to a commercial enterprise. Talk about culture shock. It has been nearly forty years for us & things have changed. All the equipment was huge, new & pricey. To wash & dry two loads set us back $14.40! Gracious, I don’t know how working folks can afford that. Free Wi-Fi did not seem that much of a bonus. We will be much more appreciative of campground facilities in the future.
Two tired folks returned home looking forward to tomorrow, a day of leisure & sunshine. The forecast is for high sixties & sunny. Happy thought to go to sleep with.