Once the rest of our 6-month repairs were completed on Rover, we made our way to Carrabelle, FL. Our route west put Tallahassee as our next likely destination, but after some research we decided we’d prefer something a little quieter and away from big cities. Carrabelle is about 45 minutes south of Tallahasse, right on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico:
We made reservations at Ho-Hum RV Park, which has waterfront sites right on the Gulf and St. James Bay. The campground itself may be ho-hum, but the views can’t be beat and the staff was very friendly. Opie enjoyed swimming in the bay daily, while max just waded in to get his legs wet. There was also a residential neighborhood across the street where we could take the dogs for longer walks, something that is challenging to find at some other RV parks we’ve been to.
Unless you’re into fishing (which we’re not), there’s not a lot to do in the area, but that’s OK with us! We used the time to relax, catching up on chores, books, and movies. We looked into hikes in some of the nearby parks, but inertia won out and we never made it out of the campground except to pick up groceries and try the local BBQ joint (which didn’t really impress us).
During our stay, we saw a black bear (our first ever!) across the street from the campground, dolphins playing in the bay, and all manner of sea birds (which drove Opie crazy). It’s a very peaceful area, and a great place to unwind. Each day we watched the dramatic change in the tides, which turned our beach from a few inches of sand in the mornings, into 20 or 30 feet of beach by early afternoon. Having never spent much time at the water, it was a new and interesting experience for us.