Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Henderson Beach State Park, Destin, Florida…

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One hundred thirty eight point nine miles was how far we planned to drive from Ho Hum RV Park in Carrabelle, Florida but when I woke up it was raining like mad… Worse yet, when I turned on the TV we were under a severe thunderstorm watch with quarter sized hail predicted. Fortunately for us they canceled the watch just before the storm made to Carrabelle. So with a break in the weather we closed up the RV and hit the road about 9:45 am hoping to dodge a good part of this nasty front.
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Three and one half hours later after a lot of light to moderate rain we pulled into Henderson Beach State Park. We were early so they asked us to park at the beach parking lot and wait for them to call later when our site was vacated. Now that we gained an hour (we are on CST) we figured this was a good time to More Emerald Coast 010exercise the generator to make an early lunch while waiting. Almost immediately afterward we were allowed to move to site 50, a pull through, and set up the RV. Man these are some huge pull through sites…
This was a beautiful site even in the rain… We settled in and made a short walk to the beach as soon as the rain had let up. Not even torrential rains would keep us from checking out the beach. We just love this part of Florida with the sugar white sand and emerald green waters. Topping this off was a dark and More Emerald Coast 028mysterious sky and the scene was a bit surreal… We were only able to enjoy a short stay as the rains looked to be returning so we reluctantly headed back.
As the rain continued we headed to Fort Walton Beach to meet up with fellow bloggers Janie and John of Flamingo on a Stick. We met at a brew pub they recommended called Props. Nice place, nice beers nice company… We were both so glad to finally meet up with them as we had a great time chatting and getting to really know each other. It was amazing how much in common we actually had. We are hopeful we will see them somewhere else down the road.
More Emerald Coast 022The next day the rain had let up and we spent the day along the beach and beautiful emerald waters. With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70’s it was going to be a beach day. Sharon settled in to read a book and I tried my luck with a bit of fishing. Nothing was biting so we both took a long, long stroll down the white sugar sand beach…. man we live a really horrible life!
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More Emerald Coast 015We were only able to stay two nights as it seems State Parks are always difficult to reserve spaces on short notice. Next up for us is a Passport America park in Gulfport Mississippi. With cold weather headed this way we will drive a bit further west to escape the overnight freezing temperatures forecasted for Florida panhandle.IWe are looking forward to some delicious gulf shrimp and maybe a little gaming at the casinos....


  1. Gulfport is a nice area along the coast, we spent two weeks in Biloxi and two in Pas Christian last winter. Quality poulty and Seafood market in Biloxi has an awesome selection of seafood.

  2. State parks seem to be getting difficult to reserve spaces on long notice as well. Nice pictures of Henderson. Glad the hail missed you. It must have been a huge storm since we had a tornado and hail warning here in Orange City as well and we are miles away from you.

  3. Glad you were able to get to your new spot in between the raindrops:) Enjoy your few days!

  4. One day I hope to see the emerald green water in the panhandle. Every single time we were up that way, we got brown muddy water. Glad you got some beach time, good beer and new friends. I think all the campgrounds in Florida are more crowded than usual.

  5. We are heading up the panhandle near Destin staying at Eglin AFB. We also got the rainfall here at Homosaasa, so we were indoors for two days.
    There is also a good white sand beach in Biloxi, MS, enjoy!

  6. Trying to catch up on all you've been up to since we got together. Had a great time, hope to meet again along the road. Safe travels!