Friday, March 25, 2011

Snow Birds, 1954

Jan. 1954, Aloha Gardens
These are my grandparents who pulled this beast from northern Illinois to St Petersburg Florida with a station wagon! Guess you could say I come from a family of campers and travel trailer pullers.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Most Expensive Spring Break EVER!

It started out as an inexpensive spring break, 2011 but that changed before we hit the Alabama border rolling South through Tennessee.  I pull our TT with a F250 Super Duty diesel and going up a hill I felt a sudden loss of power and the wrench light came on on the dash.  Uh-oh!  I proceeded to limp on down to Ft Pickens CG and called the Pensacola Ford early Monday morning.  Their service dept line kept kicking over to the cashier and she put me through to the service dept voice mail.  It said somebody would call me back.  By 2 PM I'd had enough waiting so I called Gary Smith Ford in Ft. Walton, 40 miles away.  They got me in first thing Tuesday and then the bad news came.  Blown turbo, and a repair bill around $2,500.00.  OUCH!!!  I had to rent a car to get back to the campground and this little repair cost money and qutie a bit of time away from the beach.  Thus ends the tale of my most expensive Spring Break.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ft Pickens Camp Ground

Campgound B has really changed since the huricanes went through.  Hardly any trees left and the sand dunes with the live oak and other vegitation are all gone.  Still a grand beach and cool coastal fortifications but not like it once was.  Picture taken from the B loop closest to the A loop.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ft. Pickens, Gulf Breeze Florida
Our first trip of the year finds us heading to a campground I've camped at since 1967.  Its changed little over the years but this one will be an eye opener as two huricanes have ripped though it since our last visit.  I look at pictures of the campground and notice most trees did not survive.  And while that saddens me, its nature and this barrier island has seen its share of storms. 
The picture is from one of the many coastal batteries looking out to the gulf.