Category Archives: Florida

Sunny days at Grayton Beach

Sand dunes at a Grayton Beach

Sand dunes at a Grayton Beach

The last two days have been magnificent here on the Florida panhandle. It has been in the upper 60’s and lower 70’s during the day, but still quite cool during the evening. We have enjoyed long walks through the dunes and beach, as well as sitting outside and enjoying the nice weather.

Woolly and me on the edge of the beach this morning.

Woolly and me on the edge of the beach this morning.

Woolly Bear’s paw has healed, and he has made two visits to the local Bark Park so that he can run around safely.

This morning we walked to the beach and spotted 6 Brown Pelicans, a Great Blue Heron, several towhees, cardinals and mockingbirds.

This has been a lovely campground and we are sorry to break camp tomorrow to travel west. For those of you interested in campground details, the sites in the older loop (where we camped) have lots of vegetation between sites to provide privacy. Each site has 30 amp electricity and water, and the restrooms are modern and clean. There was a mix of small RVs, trailers, tents, and truck campers in our loop. The newer loop, with full hookups, provided less privacy but had much more room for the large RVs that camped there. All sites had really good phone reception ( AT&T 4G) and our TV antenna brought in ABC, CBS, NBC, and Public TV clearly.

As the weather warmed, the beach became a bit more populated. Still lots of room , though.

As the weather warmed, the beach became a bit more populated. Still lots of room , though.

The site cost $168.00 for 7 nights, or $24.00 per night. Not bad for a waterfront site! We will definitely plan to visit Grayton Beach again!

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Rainy Day and Visit to the Vet’s

Our Grayton Beach campsite from the water. Site 20.

Our Grayton Beach campsite from the water. Site 20.

It poured last night and most of the day today! The temperature dropped from 70 or so to the mid 50’s, and as damp days often are, it was chilly. But worst of all our Airedale Terrier, Woolly Bear, had an injured hind paw and did not sleep a bit last night. It seems that Florida has a type of burdock called a sand spur, and WB had one imbedded between his paw pads. Charlie tried to find it, and felt something as sharp as a needle, but even with headlamps, tweezers, and glasses we could not locate all of it. So off to the Vet’s we went. An hour later WB was quite subdued, but better. The spur had been there awhile, as his foot was inflamed and infected. No hiking for WB for the next few days!
Pelican  surveying the beach.

Pelican surveying the beach.

Beach mid day, still empty!

Beach mid day, still empty!

We hiked several of Grayton Beach SP trails yesterday, and apparently WB had picked the sand spur up on the trails. Tomorrow will be sunny, but cool, so WB will guard the camper while we hike at Pt Washington State Forest and his foot heals.

This area is remarkable for the number of bike and walking trails. The SP itself is wild and untouched, but all around it is built up and congested in a planfull way.

We took the opportunity to check out the towns of Water Color (don’t you just love the name!), Santa Rosa, and Sandestin. We drove the Scenic Gulf Drive and checked out all the fancy condos and resorts.

Can you identify this bird? Mockingbird, perhaps?

Can you identify this bird? Mockingbird?